St Paul’s College students recently competed at the 2019 Angus Youth Roundup held at Armidale from January 10 to 13 and left the competition with impressive results.
Caitlyn Rudder finished in second position in the Intermediate Heifer Class and Reserve Intermediate Herdsperson.
Zoe Rudder grabbed third in the Junior Parader while Cara Rudder finished third in the Intermediate Parader.
Emma Pelling earned the reserve Junior Judge honours.
Flynn Mcgoldrick finished in fourth in the Parader Sub-intermediate.
Patrick Lawrence earned third position in the Junior Steer Class while Joel Megaloconomos also competed at the event.
Amber Alsford won the Merridale Angus Aspiring Breeder award.
The event, organised by Angus Youth Australia, is held for participants between the ages of eight and 25.
St Paul’s College Agriculture assistant Amber Alsford believes the students gained a lot from the experience.
“Events like these are an awesome way for young people to learn more about the industry, network, make new friends, learning new skills, have fun and grow as individuals,” Ms Alsford said.
“We are all looking forward to the next one in 2020 being held in Toowoomba QLD.
“We cannot thank enough to the team who made the event possible and for giving the youth every opportunity possible.
“To Angus Australia and all the sponsors, to the studs who donated cattle and to all parents who supported their children and volunteered to help make the event the success it was.”
Ms Alsford said the program is a great way to teach students about the professionalism of the industry.
“The Angus youth roundup program is all about giving the youth of agriculture an opportunity to learn from professionals in the industry, network, have a go and have some fun,” Ms Alsford said.
“Over the four days there were seminars on nutrition, low stress handling techniques, pasture establishment, proper branding and tagging techniques and a virtual reality tour about paddock to plate.
“There was also a competition held with Junior judging, cattles classes and a parader class for competitors to test themselves.”
The event also offered competitive fun and friendly team competition.
Teams had several activities across the weekend to fight for the label Champion Team. Events included a mini Olympics and a mock bull auction, where teams were given scenarios and a budget to go out and buy the best bull for their scenario.
The event had many scholarships, awards and prize opportunities across the week.
Some scholarships included a fully paid for agricultural tour in New Zealand, a studying opportunity at Tocal Agriculture College and several stud heifers, just to name a few.
Ms Alsford strongly encourages all eight to 25-year-olds who have an interest in agriculture to get behind this and other similar events.
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