Students show class

By Country News

Nathalia secondary school students have been out in force at the Royal Melbourne Show, taking out several wins across the sheep and beef competitions.

Although students from St Mary of the Angels Secondary College have been showing cattle for almost 10 years, this year was their first showing South Suffolk sheep from their school stud.

Agriculture teacher Vanessa Byrnes said the team of eight students was thrilled with the results.

The team of five sheep handlers — including Meg Brooks, Emily Bright, Emily Whatman, Jorja Tuddenham and Cassie Brooks — tasted plenty of success.

The group took out first place in the ewe and pair of ewes under 1 years, second and third place in the ewe over 1 years competition and third in the ewe under 1 years old.

Year 9 student Cassie Brooks, 14, took out the junior handler section, while Year 10 student Jorja Tuddenham, 15, was awarded second place in the senior handler section.

The overall team was also recognised as the second best maintained team and the second best overall school.

In the junior beef competition, Bridie Chester led a steer, owned by her father Daryl Chester, to second place, while Hamish Morris secured fourth place leading a Stuart Iddles-owned steer.

Ms Byrnes said the whole group had put in a lot of hard work to achieve the results.

‘‘It’s a passion of mine and to see young people interested and involved and developing those skills, including some that aren’t off farm, that’s just incredible,’’ she said.

‘‘We were very proud.’’