Students from the Catholic Agricultural College, Bindoon came home with a stash of ribbons and wealth of learning experiences after competing in the cattle section of the Perth Royal show in September.
As part of the Cattle Club run by the college, students learn how to handle, prepare and show cattle. Abi Lindsey and Ros Maindock run the Cattle Club for the small group of keen students who attend after school hours. “Over the 7 days we attend the Show it is expected that the kids arrive at the grounds at 5.30am to tend to the cattle. This is cleaning out their beds, remake, feeding, sweeping the lanes. The cattle are also washed and groomed, sometimes blow-dried if it is their day to be in the ring. The kids finish around 6pm and we travel back to Westcourt, Aquinas School.” says Ros.
She was pleased with the students’ success in the ring and dedication to the cattle, particularly as for most it was their first time competing at the Royal. Young Brumby Forrester (14) had a fantastic stint, placing first in the Student paraders before taking out Champion. He also took home the blue ribbon for Junior Judging. Layne Skews, Tekisha Hart and Cody Kitchen all placed 2nd in their divisions of Student Paraders, and Luke Berry was 4th in his division.
The college took 3 Heifers (who all placed) with Statue Hill Millie chosen as Junior Champion Shorthorn Heifer, going on to get 4th in the overall Interbreed Junior Heifer Competition. The heifers will join the breeding herd at the college farm. They also took 3 steers, who sold well in the auction.