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NMIT wins major beef cattle awards at Royal Melbourne Show

25 Mar 2013

Beef cattle prepared and shown by NMIT Certificate IV in Agriculture students have featured prominently in prestigious categories at this year's Royal Melbourne Show (September 18-28).

In the Led Class a Charolais / Angus cross steer bred at NMIT's Yan Yean broad acre farm was awarded Champion Export Steer, over 300kg (hot standard carcase weight) . This animal was also assessed the highest scoring school-bred export steer on the hoof.

NMIT also captured the Champion Export Carcass and Champion Schools Carcass with a Simmental steer bred and donated to the Institute by well known Victorian Simmental breeder, Don Matheson.

In the coveted Borthwick Trophy, another NMIT Simmental exhibited steer prepared and shown by NMIT Agriculture students featured in the winning team of three Simmental steers.

The 'Borthwick' is awarded at the Royal Melbourne Show for the best team of purebred animals on the hoof, before assessment over the hook. It is a prize keenly contested by stud cattle breeders Australia-wide who see it as one of the most time-honoured and valuable annual beef industry awards.

In the Heavy Domestic Steer category, a Red Angus / Charolais cross steer bred by NMIT was awarded third prize.

“Once again NMIT have excelled in the beef carcass competition at the Royal Melbourne Show,” says NMIT Head of Department (Agriculture and Animal Science) Phil Tripp. “Our students are trained by staff with vast experience in the beef cattle industry and our success at this year's Show is proof of the quality of training our students receive, plus the dedication and professionalism of both our staff and students.”

NMIT Agriculture students involved in preparing the Institute's Royal Show team also participated in the School Paraders' Competition in which students from 18 Victorian and interstate TAFEs, secondary colleges and high schools competed. In the various classes entered, NMIT took out two second placings, two third placings, two fourth placings and a 'highly commended' award.


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