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NMIT steers toward success at the Melbourne Show

12 Oct 2011

At this year's Royal Melbourne Show, beef cattle prepared and shown by NMIT's Diploma of Agriculture students received numerous awards in the carcass judging and cattle handling competition.

In the Open Class for Export Steers, NMIT Epping campus student, Kirsten Stead, came in third place for steer on the hoof judging with an Angus steer bred at NMIT's Yan Yean farm. This animal was also the highest scoring school-bred export steer on the hoof in that class.

In the cattle handler competition (over 21 category), NMIT Epping campus students took out first, second and third place. First place went to Peter Bekiaris, second Madeline Logan and third Stephen Sierakowski.

First place recipient Peter Bekiaris was ecstatic with his win. “I was so excited to get first place, I couldn't believe it. It really is a win for everyone involved; all the students and teachers helped each other out to get the steers ready for competition.

“The steer I handled was a Charalois/Angus cross. To prepare for the show we were taught how to lead the steers around the ring and fed them a specialised feedlot mix,” Mr Bekiaris said.

Chris Lawton from Lienerts Australia created the custom beef feedlot mix for the steers, and offered her advice to the students throughout the process in regards to animal health and nutrition.

In the cattle handler competition (over 18 category), NMIT students Peta Blackburn and Prue Phillips won awards, Peta second and Prue third.

In the carcass competition, cattle were judged on a range of meat quality criteria and specifications. The NMIT Yan Yean bred steers were very competitive in the export class being awarded third, sixth and tenth out of 37 exhibits.

In the Medium Domestic category, a Simmental donated and bred by Brenair Park, prepared and shown by NMIT Epping campus students was awarded sixth prize out of 47 exhibits.

NMIT's Agriculture and Animal Science Head of Department, Phil Tripp, said this was teacher, Reanna Clayton's, first year of coordinating the beef carcass program for the Melbourne Show.

“Reanna has done extremely well in her first year running the NMIT show team, the steers have never looked better. The awards are a credit to Reanna and the Diploma of Agriculture students. What makes it really special is that the majority of steers were bred at NMIT's very own farm in Yan Yean,” Mr Tripp said.


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