The long days and hard work proved to be highly successful for our Sheep Scholarship teams as they made the trek to Bendigo for the Australian Sheep and Wool Show-the biggest event of its kind in the world! With 18 sheep and students in tow, Salesian College Sunbury had a strong representation at this iconic event with the school’s Poll Dorsets and Corriedales looking the part.
The Breed judging started off strong with our Corriedale ewe ‘Dolly’ and handler Conor Murphy (Year 8), taking out the blue ribbon for a young ewe under 18 months in the wool. Success was also had with the Corriedale rams, with our senior ram ‘Steven’ taking second best Corriedale ram bred by a school being proudly presented by Alexander Monaghan (Year 9).
The Poll Dorset team also bagged a swag of ribbons with student Austin Burnell (Year 9) presenting a very growthy ram lamb of which took out second in the poll dorset ram lamb class.
The breed judging was completed on Saturday, and then ultimate showdown was the open breed competition held between the other participating schools at the event. With the competition strong and the on looking crowds large in number. Our College did brilliantly to place third with a Corriedale in the ram section and the Poll Dorset’s repeated the success with third in the mixed pairs section.
However the students were quick to make sure the sheep didn’t have all of the spotlight, with Salesian College Sunbury proving to be triumphant in the junior judging sections of the show.
With over 140 students participating in the Corriedale junior judging, the competition was strong, however in the intermediate category, our students did us proud coming third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh! In the senior category our Bosco Agricultural Captain, Jessica Ellis, did remarkably well coming first in the senior category.
In the state meat sheep judging finals our young Poll Dorset stalwarts Josh Poulton (Year 11) and Austin Burnell (Year 9) held firm positions in the competition both being awarded a place in the top eight.
Although the success was welcomed by both students and staff, the most rewarding part of the trip was the opportunity for the students to speak and learn from highly experienced breeders and the opportunity to show off their passion to the vast crowds that visited the event.
A big thankyou goes to our breed captains Josh Poulton (Year 11) and Michelle Grover (Year 11), the farm staff for their organisation and the staff that helped on the day. We also thank the College community for all their support and well wishes.
Next stop for all our Agricultural Scholarship teams will be the Royal Melbourne Show in September. Fingers crossed for some more ribbons!
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