Mount Annan Christian College seals UniSchools Steer Challenge awards double

ELATED: Mount Annan Catholic College students celebrate with the spoils from the 2018 UniSchools Steer Challenge.
ELATED: Mount Annan Catholic College students celebrate with the spoils from the 2018 UniSchools Steer Challenge.

Mount Annan Christian College has proven it is a cut above the competition at this year’s UniSchools Steer Challenge.

The challenge involves students looking after cattle for three months in the lead-up to a ‘live day’ competition final.

Mount Annan was named champion school for its combined beef appraisal team and also won the champion junior judge category at Western Sydney University’s Hawkesbury campus last Friday.

The Macarthur students capped off the challenge by finishing runners-up in the senior judging class.

Agricultural teacher Jennifer Caines said she was proud of her team’s results.

“We had a lot of success across the board and our students did well,” she said.

“We had a dedicated team of 14 students that were brilliantly led by year 12 student Cassie Herdman.”

The annual challenge began in May when students were given 14 Poll Heresford steer to bring back to the school for almost 100 days.

Ms Caines said students had to feed, groom and lead the cattle.

“The students really bonded with the cows and it was hard to see the cows leave,” she said.

The challenge culminated in a ‘live day’ competition in the Hawkesbury on Friday, September 7.

Ms Caines said the live day was set up to be like a “mini rural show”.

“We took part in led steer, parading, judging, carcass appraisal and herdsman events,” she said.

“It’s amazing how many new skills the students learnt at the challenge.”