Young­sters show they can han­dle pres­sure

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS -

AN AGRI­CUL­TURAL show in Tas­ma­nia’s North-West has hit a ma­jor mile­stone as the farm­ers of to­mor­row con­tinue to learn an­i­mal-han­dling skills and to net­work with oth­ers in the in­dus­try and the com­mu­nity.

The 25th Sh­effield Ju­nior Cat­tle Han­dling Show of Tas­ma­nia was held on Novem­ber 9 with 57 en­trants in the beef sec­tion and seven in dairy.

The show also in­cluded its an­nual hoof-and-hook com­pe­ti­tion, in which steers are judged stand­ing and af­ter pro­cess­ing at JBS in Devon­port.

Sh­effield School act­ing prin­ci­pal Jamie Skirv­ing said the show was born when a group of par­ents, com­mu­nity mem­bers and then prin­ci­pal Jim Spinks saw an op­por­tu­nity to bring the com­mu­nity to­gether to fo­cus on its agri­cul­tural in­dus­try.

Young Charl­ton Skirv­ing was one of the early win­ners on the day, tak­ing out the 9-12 year old sec­tion.

It was the third show for the 11year-old and he looked con­fi­dent as he led his 17-month-old Sim­men­tal heifer around the ring.

“It’s all about how you han­dle it, how you get the an­i­mal ready and how you present it to the judges,” Charl­ton said. “I will prob­a­bly stay with farm­ing and work­ing with an­i­mals when I am older.”

In the hoof sec­tion cham­pion in the trade sec­tion went to Kanan­gra cat­tle Co, while Glenda Woot­ton won re­serve cham­pion. Cham­pion rump and loin was won by an an­i­mal from Li­mousin stud own­ers David and Ch­eryl and Jones and Glenda Woot­ton again won re­serve.

In the heavy­weights David and Ch­eryl Jones won cham­pion with Chelsea Rayner re­serve cham­pion.

Grand cham­pion was Kanan­gra Cat­tle Co and re­serve cham­pion David and Ch­eryl Jones.

In the trade class, Ash­ley Jones from the Sh­effield School won the cham­pion award while fel­low stu­dent Kaleb Lee took home re­serve ti­tle. The rump and loin was won by David and Ch­eryl Jones, whose car­cass also won the Harry Beat­tie Per­pet­ual Tro­phy for the grand cham­pion award.

Re­serve cham­pion and re­serve grand cham­pion was Bri­die Duff.

In the heavy­weights Gel­b­vieh Tas­ma­nia won cham­pion and Charl­ton Skirv­ing was re­serve cham­pion. The school team class was won by the Sh­effield School.

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