Nine Gundagai High School agriculture students have won individual parader ribbons at the 2017 Royal Melbourne Show along with two of their lead steers.
The show team travelled to Melbourne on September 22 to exhibit the six animals they had prepared for the Beef Carcase competition.
The show was held over two days, with the steer judging on the Monday and parader competition on the Tuesday.
Harry Nicholson (Year 7) was placed first in his age heat and then went on to contest for the Junior Champion Parader ribbon.
Sally Scott (Year 7) was rewarded with second place in her age heat along with Tom Sharman in third and Brock White in fourth.
“This is an excellent effort by a group of students at their first major show,” said agriculture teacher Dale Chadwick.
The success continued with Jarrah Ransome (Year 9) placing third and Year 10 students Corey Bennett, Patrick Daley and Jayden Bonat placing third, fourth and fifth respectively.
“The whole team performed well and are an example of what can be achieved by those individuals who are willing to have a go,” Mr Chadwick said.
“The students worked extremely hard to hone their skills in practice sessions at lunchtimes and after school.”
The partnership between Gundagai High School and Bongongo Angus has again resulted in major awards at the 2017 Royal Melbourne Show.
Six steers were prepared by students for the Melbourne Show and ‘Jonah’ (Bongongo Angus NGX K547 x GHS Commercial Angus) was awarded Champion Domestic Carcase in the Open Medium Domestic Class (180.1 – 240 Kg) scoring 88 points.
‘Hugo’ (Bongongo Angus NGX K547 x GHS Commercial Angus) was awarded Reserve Champion Carcase in the Heavy Domestic Class (241 – 300 Kg) scoring 90.87 points just two behind the Champion.
‘Donny’ who was placed sixth in his heat live and 13th in the Heavy Domestic class (87.08 points), suffered a three point penalty for being 5kg over the class weight. He would have been placed fourth if he were in the Heavy Export class.
‘Trevor’ was placed 36th in Heavy Domestic with 81.34 points, and ‘Houdini’ 57th with 71 points. ‘Abb’, the Angus steer donated by Abingdon Station, was placed 42nd in the Heavy Domestic class with 79 points.
“Abingdon Station has been a long-time supporter of the Gundagai High School Show Team and I wish to thank Paul Ferry for his generosity over the past 16 years. I would like to also thank Gary Williamson for his support and advice over that time period,” Mr Chadwick said.
He said the success of the School Show Team is dependent on the continued generosity and support of the local rural community.
“I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to Aaron Nicholls and the Nicholls Family Trust who donated 3.5 tonne of barley to the program, and Jamie and David Elworthy of Tarrabandra who continually donate hay and machinery to mix the ration,” Mr Chadwick said.
“I would like to especially thank Bill and Shauna Graham of Bongongo Angus for their continued support of the agriculture program, their Angus genetics have enabled the Show Team to exhibit quality animals and win many awards over the past 25 years.
“Gundagai Meat Processors play an important role as their financial donation enables the cost of the Show Team experience to be kept at a minimum, which makes it accessible to many more students.
“I would also like to thank Paul Meggison of AusFarm Nutrition Products at Bomen for his support this year donating bags of his Beef Feedlot + Bovatec supplement for our ration.
“Thank you also to Elders Gundagai, another long-time supporter of the Show Team. Abb and Jim continue to sponsors our banners and team jackets.
“Lastly, my sincere thanks to Casey Norden who gave up time in her holidays to come with me to Melbourne as the female supervisor. I appreciate her assistance with the agriculture students which was well outside her obligations as a teacher.”
Mr Chadwick said students on the trip conducted themselves in a professional manner and were a credit to their families and the school.
The students were also able to visit some of the sights of Melbourne on the Sunday.