LOCAL school students gained valuable experience and had a great time competing in the Royal Adelaide Show recently.
Naracoorte High School took a team of over 20 agriculture students and they had some success in various categories with their five steers and six Merino wethers.
In the main judging of the steers and the junior judging competitions the Murray Grey came in third, while the Charolais placed sixth. In the SA Young Beef and Breeders novice handlers competition, students were judged on their ring craft and ability to present a steer in the show ring.
Victoria Ghezzi placed second overall and Shannon Donoghue took out third in the experienced class.
The South African Meat Merino junior judging required entrants to put themselves in the judge's shoes and place four young rams in order of quality with a justification of why one was better than the other.
Saverio Palma proved he knew his stuff, coming second place, while Tom Brewer followed in third.
The Red Poll steer and Charolais were selected in their respective O'Connor Cup teams, a carcass competition between beef breeds, and the team of three Red Polls came in first. Unfortunately, there was no luck with the wethers this year.
Agriculture teacher Chelsea Dahlenburg said students got a lot out of competing in the Adelaide show.
"It is a fantastic opportunity for them to meet other like-minded people who love agriculture.
"They learned valuable skills and had an absolute ripping time.
"They spend hours and hours prepping the animals - lunchtimes, weekends, before school, after school - so it is rewarding to spend a few minutes in the ring showing off their hard work.
"If they are lucky enough to place that's great but what they learn and the people they meet are the biggest benefits."
Ms Dahlenburg thanked new sponsors Teys Bros for their generosity.