Our Royal Show experience looked a bit different in 2016 from previous years – no steers this time, but a fantastic group of goats entered into the Led Wether Competition.
Our Year 9/10 Ag class spent lessons in Term 3 training, grooming and feeding our Boer goat entries to prepare them for the big event, and a lucky group of hardworking students were selected to represent Maitland Area School in Adelaide.
After unloading and settling the animals on Tuesday night, we were ready for busy day of preparation on Wednesday.
The goats were weighed and scanned, then washed and blow dried. Finally, in beautiful sunshine, they were presented in the Grand Parade along with goats, steers, dairy cows, horses and hundreds of students from around the state. Our team looked fantastic in their bright red shirts and the goats looked very smart in their red halters. The occasion was a bit too much for a couple of our youngest goats and they needed a bit of help (ie a carry!) around the main arena! Overall our students represented MAS brilliantly and they can be very proud of their efforts.
Thursday was judging day.
Unfortunately the weather was unkind so our team had to work extra hard to prepare our animals in the damp conditions. However, prepare them they did and they looked outstanding.
Our four baby goats were all in the first weight class called Capretto. This is for young animals who are still drinking milk. In an astonishing result our four goats took out the top four places in the event.
Later in the afternoon it was time for Willy the eleven month old wether to strut his stuff in the heavy weight class. He entered the ring with twenty other competitors and despite the judge seeming to overlook him early in the event, he came back for closer inspection and decided Willy was indeed the one to beat –
First place in his class!
In another first for Maitland Area School, Olivia Dyett qualified for the final of the Handlers Competition.
This is a very prestigious accomplishment as only sixteen students were selected out of approximately 160 participants.
Olivia is the first Maitland student to have ever made the final.
The final part of the competition is the carcase competition. Our four smallest goats were eligible for the Capretto class (our big goat Willy went in the Live Export category so he headed overseas after the Show!).
We were very pleased to come away with the first and second ribbon in the Capretto carcase class and our goat Dibble was named Most Successful Capretto in the Show.
- Miss Townsend
- Mrs Adams
- Olivia Dyett
- Tiana Short
- Tyson Frensch
- Ben Smart
- Phillip Murray
- Hanna Dmeirza
- Lucy Rowe
- Tahlia Poole
- Kaylee Short (junior helper)
- Annabelle Smart (junior helper)
- Pebbles – 1st place Capretto class on hoof, 2nd place Capretto class on hook
- Dibble – 2nd place Capretto class on hoof, 1st place Capretto class on hook and Most Successful Capretto overall.
- Dash – 3rd place Capretto class on hoof
- Harley – 4th place Capretto class on hoof
- Willy – 1st place Heavy weight class on hoof
Parent helpers from the following families:
- Short (special thanks for transporting gear!)
- Greenslade / Leonard