Northern Tablelands schools showed their pedigree at the North West Schools Lamb Competition on Thursday 9th May, scooping the pool in the hoof section at the old Tamworth Showground.
The Team from Guyra Central took top honours with a pen of poll Dorset cross lambs, while a student from Macintyre High School took out both judging competitions.
While the competition, which attracted 115 lambs, is the prime cut, the students also attended a range of workshops covering everything from pasture management to meat science.
Two schools in the heart of sheep country took the major prizes, with Guyra Central crowned champion for their pen of poll Dorset crosses that thoroughly impressed judge, Thomas Foods’ Andrew Jackson, according to organiser Ben Bowman.
“Guyra had the best pen of lambs, although it was a very good competition,” he said.
“We had 15 lambs more than last year, and despite a very though year Andrew Jackson was very impressed that the lambs were holding conditions well.”
The day also included two judging competitions with both the meat sheep and skim judging titles taken out by Macintyre High student Georgina Burton.
On top of the competition the students also roared through workshops by industry specialists.
Tony Christian from Upper Murray Seeds gave a talk on pasture and soil management, while David Hallam from Jemalong Wool and a UNE meat scientist also ran workshops, and Peel High students ran a class on preparing sheep for shows.
On Friday the carcass section of the competition was being judged at the Thomas Foods abattoir by UNE meat science lecturer Peter McGilchrist
“We have been really well supported by the community again this year,” Mr Bowman said.