STUDENTS from Peel High School tested their judging skills at the Armidale Exhibition Centre for the second annual Premier Beef Fest on Tuesday.
The event aims to showcase some of the regions best beef cattle while providing an educational experience.
Beef Fest committee member, Erica Halliday said while there was $20,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs, it’s more about the kids having a rich learning experience.
“While it’s a day designed to find a champion junior judging school, the main emphasis is educational,” she said.
Three instructors with experience in educating young beef breeders guide students throughout the three-day competition.
“We have really highly qualified instructors teaching them what they’re looking for with steers, females and bulls.
“It’s about kids having a go and having a bit of fun with it.
“We’re hoping to make it a national competition in the future,” Ms Halliday said.
Peel High School student, Cathy Mitchell said she has enjoyed spending time with the animals.
“You get to spend time with all the cows and learn new stuff,” Ms Mitchell said.
Also from Peel High School, Rhiannon Johnson said the competition provided an opportunity to have fun while learning practical skills.
“I get to spend time with the animals and it’s just a great experience,” she said.