As a beef producer and Hereford breeder, we love to hear of the success stories that our herd has had upon others, especially when an animal is used to teach agricultural students in some form. The educational value that Wingham Beef Week provides students ranges from the overall experience to animal selection, show preparation and carcase grading.
We had sold “Charlie” a potential show steer to Calrossy Anglican School at Tamworth this year. Charlie in an unprepared state was 290kg at 7 months of age and only experienced drought in his lifetime. He then spent the last 3 months at Tangara the Calrossy school farm to be prepared by the Calrossy students for the Hoof & Hook Competition at Wingham Beef Week.
A record number of 522 agricultural students prepared and paraded cattle this year at Wingham Beef Week from 13th to 17th May. Calrossy Anglican School sent a team of 24 students to participate and learn.
Led steer and heifer numbers had not only increased but doubled, so the competition was tough. With the pressure of the ongoing drought, it was great to see students be able to attend this annual prestigious event for the success of the agricultural industry.
As a result, Charlie was placed 5th in the Hoof Competition (for parading) and 4th in the Hook Competition (for carcase). At only 10 months of age, Charlie had an EMA of 83 square centimetres. It was nice to see the whiteface upon the line-up of ribbon place-getters.
We enjoyed hearing of the overall experience at Wingham Beef Week and the educational value for agricultural students across the region. We are also pleased with the results and congratulate Calrossy Anglican School in all of their success.
Photos courtesy of Mrs Bronwyn Nielsen, Calrossy Anglican School.