Youngsters show they can handle pressure
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.