Selected Westport Campus students had the opportunity to participate in the 32nd annual Wingham Beef Week held at Wingham Showground from 15th-19th May.
A record number of agricultural students attended Wingham Beef Week this year, the number of young handlers reaching 522, up by a third on last year. Led steer and heifer numbers doubled to 202 animals. Six Westport Campus students competed in their very first show, and Ben Morris was awarded highly commended in the Hobbs award.
Students participated in preparing and parading cattle for competition, care for stock, competition in junior parading, and attending workshops.
The cattle performed well and held their own against a high-quality field of entries. The Show Team was impressive and stepped up working as a very cohesive team, supporting and encouraging each other in their respective events. The students arrived home after dark each night, tired but elated and very much looking forward to the next day of cattle showing, judging and educational activities.
Students grew as a team and individually over the four days developing skills in teamwork, communication, planning, time management, leadership and general care for and show the preparation of livestock. Students showed great leadership and responsibility, ensuring cattle were fed and watered throughout the day and night and were the first up of a morning to check on the animals. First-time student paraders displayed confidence in themselves and with their handling of the steers and showed pride in being part of a team.
The competition was an excellent start for the Westport Campus Show Team, who are all looking forward to their next event, the Kempsey Show at the end of the month.