Col­lege proves po­ten­tial of youth

Countryman - - WAGIN WOOLORAMA -

awarded both the cham­pion heavy­weight and medium-weight ex­hibits 92.5 points each, be­fore hav­ing to break the tie. He said it was a very tight de­ci­sion.

“The heavy­weight steer is a beau­ti­ful long an­i­mal, with plenty of width through the top line and back­end. In the end I have gone for what the mar­ket is de­mand­ing,” Mr Pet­rice­vich said.

The col­lege runs 10 stud cows and eight stud heifers, all of which are Black Angus, along with 65 com­mer­cial an­i­mals.

The stud was re­in­stated in De­cem­ber 2017 af­ter a more than 12-month hia­tus and has been go­ing from strength to strength.

WACA — Nar­ro­gin tech­ni­cal of­fi­cer Ray Batt said the stud’s pur­pose was to al­low stu­dents to gain ex­pe­ri­ence in the show ring.

“The stud gives stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to qual­ify in han­dling and judg­ing com­pe­ti­tions, which re­quire stud cat­tle for par­tic­i­pa­tion,” he said.

Mr Batt said it was vi­tal for stu­dents to be able to at­tend events such as the Wa­gin Woolorama.

“It al­lows stu­dents to go into a pro­fes­sion­ally judged ring and par­tic­i­pate on a pro­fes­sional level with the stud an­i­mals,” he said.

“Stu­dents can then fol­low the stud an­i­mals through with fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion.”

Mr Batt said it also al­lowed stu­dents to mix with peo­ple within the in­dus­try, which may be a source of fu­ture em­ploy­ment.

“There’s a lot of en­thu­si­asm at the col­lege,” he said.

“We had 37 stu­dents want­ing to do cat­tle at Woolorama, 22 wanted to do sheep — that’s al­most half of the stu­dents at the school.”

“We had six stu­dents hav­ing their first lead.”

WACA — Nar­ro­gin stu­dents have al­ready been vy­ing for po­si­tions at the Perth Royal Show.

The col­lege had a to­tal of four ex­hibits in the Woolorama un­led prime year­ling com­pe­ti­tion.

To­tal sales grossed $33,800 this year, with an av­er­age price of $1609 — slightly lower than the 2017 av­er­age of $1650 a head.

Land­mark auc­tion­eer Matt Watt said, over­all, prices fetched had been on par with mar­ket val­ues.

“The cham­pion and grand cham­pion an­i­mals reached above mar­ket value, with all other an­i­mals reach­ing the cur­rent mar­ket av­er­age. The lighter an­i­mals in the 360kg to 430kg range sold par­tic­u­larly well,” he said.

A to­tal of 23 year­lings were auc­tioned, with two an­i­mals passed in for pri­vate sale af­ter the event.

Staunch sup­port­ers Swansea Street Meats pur­chased five an­i­mals for a to­tal spend of $7700, favour­ing the medium-weight and heavy­weight cat­e­gories.

S and C Live­stock was good for its word, back­ing up Mr Pet­rice­vich’s judg­ing cri­tique with four pur­chases to­talling $6150, in­clud­ing a lightweight steer ex­hib­ited by WACA — Nar­ro­gin.

Pic­ture: Cor­rina Ridg­way

WA Col­lege of Agri­cul­ture — Nar­ro­gin tech­ni­cal of­fi­cers Ray Batt and Colin Batt, judge Cam Pet­rice­vich, Po­laris rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mark Pen­brose and WA Col­lege ex­hibitors Luke Arm­strong, Con­nor Daw­son, Alika Gould, Nyah Mills (seated) and Kaileasha...

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