Stu­dents win na­tional led steer com­pe­ti­tion

Re­sults of our pre­mier led steer com­pe­ti­tion

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

THE North Coast Na­tional Led Steer com­pe­ti­tion is recog­nised as one the best steer com­pe­ti­tions on the east coast of the coun­try.

It al­ways at­tracts qual­ity steers, mak­ing it a dif­fi­cult com­pe­ti­tion to com­pete in.

There were 93 steers in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion, with 26 steers en­tered from 10 schools.

All school steers com­pete in a sep­a­rate schools com­pe­ti­tion, where points are al­lo­cated for pre­sen­ta­tion on the hook as well as car­case points.

School steers then com­pete in the open com­pe­ti­tion in four dif­fer­ent weight di­vi­sions.

For the first time in the 15 years, a school steer was placed in the top five of each of the four weight classes.

This is an out­stand­ing achieve­ment given the con­straints of pre­par­ing steers in a school sit­u­a­tion.

The school steers must be owned and pre­pared by school stu­dents at their re­spec­tive schools.

The schools that achieved recog­ni­tion and prize­money in­clude:

■ 220–360kg class: First place, Bon­albo Cen­tral School.

■ 361–430kg class: Third place, Mur­willum­bah High School.

■ 431–480kg class: Sec­ond place, St John’s Col­lege, Wood­lawn, and fifth place Casino High School.

■ 481–550kg class: Fifth place, Al­stonville High School.

The top placed schools in the com­pe­ti­tion were:

HOOF COM­PE­TI­TION

■ First: Mur­willum­bah High School

■ Sec­ond: St John’s Col­lege

■ Third: Kad­ina High School

CAR­CASS COM­PE­TI­TION

■ First: Mur­willum­bah High School, with a car­case score of 89.294.

■ Sec­ond: St John’s Col­lege Wood­lawn, with a car­case score of 89.067.

■ Third: Casino High School, with a car­case score of 88.268.

The com­bined scores for the hoof and hook plac­ings saw St John’s Col­lege win the Cham­pion Schools rib­bon and tro­phy for the first time and Kad­ina High School the Re­serve Cham­pion School rib­bon.

This com­pe­ti­tion pro­vides a great learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for stu­dents where they can fol­low the process of beef pro­duc­tion lit­er­ally from pad­dock to plate, with many schools or­gan­is­ing bar­be­cues to sam­ple the meat they have pro­duced to find out for them­selves what qual­ity meat should taste like.

All steers are pre­pared by stu­dents at their schools and are as­sessed un­der the MSA spec­i­fi­ca­tions, which en­sure a pre­mium qual­ity prod­uct.

All schools are to be con­grat­u­lated for their out­stand­ing re­sults in such a strong com­pe­ti­tion.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

WIN­NERS: (From left) St John’s ag as­sis­tant Craig Fowler, stu­dents Ge­or­gia Perkins, and Ri­ley and Myles Well­man, and ag teacher Mick Melino af­ter the pre­sen­ta­tion of prizes.

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