STEERS and students are primped, primed and ready to take on the Scone Bonanza School Steer Competition today after educational days were held across the state.
Tamworth’s Carinya Christian School hosted an educational day with Carinya and Oxley High students attending – about 15 from Carinya and 10 from Oxley.
Each student had to attend an educational day to participate in the competition in Scone.
Carinya agriculture teacher said 30 steers were given to NSW schools with a tonne of feed each, with students to get the steers ready for this competition.
Year 10 Carinya student Blake Artlett said he wanted to learn more about the junior judging process and clipping.
“We’re learning how to check for fat, muscle and the key things to talk about when judging,” he said.
“We’ve also learned how to put steers in order and explain why we chose those particular steers.”
Blake said he’d been around cattle since he was small and was enjoying working with them for competitions and shows.
Year 11 Oxley High student Emily Buckley said she wanted to get more experience with animals because she wanted a future in the beef industry.
“I’m learning a lot more about parading and getting cattle ready for presentation,” she said.
“It’s great a experience and I’ve made more friends from different schools.”
The students will show off the skills they’ve developed today at the Upper Hunter Beef Bonanza School Steer Challenge.