The St Paul's College Agriculture team has come away with a big win at Wingham Beef Week.
The team was successful in winning Class 1 Lightweight Carcass 150 - 199.5kg with their steer Topdeck, named after his resemblance to the Cadbury chocolate.
Topdeck was an Angus and Charolais cross and was bred at Valla by Noel, Kaye, Matthew and Rachel Rudder.
Topdeck was prepared for competition by Year 7 student Matthia Rudder and Year 10 student Cate Reardon.
The steer achieved a carcass index score of 86.081 points, six points ahead of 2nd place Wallawong Murray Grey stud entry from Gunnedah.
St Paul's Agriculture and Primary Industries teacher, Graham Bramley, was very happy with the winning steer's results.
Mr Bramley said all of the college's cattle performed well and students are now preparing for further competitions.
"The team will now focus on the Upper Hunter Beef Bonanza to be held in October, pending the COVID-19 restrictions being lifted," he said.
"Our students are very committed to their training, all of which occurs in their own time on Tuesday mornings from 7am to 8.45am and Thursday afternoons from 3.30pm until 5.30pm."
Mr Bramley said the college also have a great deal of support from our families and the local farming and business community.
"We put together this team of 14 steers back in November and December, during one of our countries worst droughts and amid the devastating bushfires.
"I have to say that I am very humbled by the support and I am proud to live, work and be a part of such a generous and supportive community."