Adopt A School: Oakhill College team beef up on steer raising

Steering well: Jarlath Macauley, Jack McConnell, Dylan Borg, Jack Breene, Louis D'Ambros, Nick McCranor, Riley Wolhoff, Jeremy Jones, Bailey Liddicoat, Samuel Evans, Cooper Vinci and Jeremy Goona with their poll Hereford steer. Picture: Geoff Jones

Steering well: Jarlath Macauley, Jack McConnell, Dylan Borg, Jack Breene, Louis D'Ambros, Nick McCranor, Riley Wolhoff, Jeremy Jones, Bailey Liddicoat, Samuel Evans, Cooper Vinci and Jeremy Goona with their poll Hereford steer. Picture: Geoff Jones

Oakhill College's agriculture and show team students participated in the University of Western Sydney's Unischools Steer Challenge training day last month.

Held yearly by the UWS School of Science and Health, the event brings together students from 12 high schools from across Sydney to compete as individuals and school team members in a steer-raising challenge.

Each school receives a poll Hereford steer that students feed, handle and care for over 100 days.

In August, the students will meet to compete in events such as herdsman, parading, judging, student choice, Led steer, carcass, weight gain, and beef appraisal.

Years 7 to 9 students were trained in gentling and animal welfare, fitting and grooming, feeding and nutrition, beef appraisal and parading.

Senior students were trained in primal cuts, meat tasting (wallaby, beef and kangaroo), marbling, the ph levels of meat, nutrition, cuts of beef and identification.

"Most people would be amazed at the opportunities that are available to students studying agriculture," agriculture co-ordinator Cathy Breene said.

"The Unischools steer challenge is one example of a competition where students are given opportunities to shine in a variety of areas."

Teacher Heather Muirhead said the competition was good for both students, staff and former students to interact together and share knowledge.

■ This story was written as part of the Adopt a School program between the News and Oakhill College.

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