KANGAROO Inn Area School students were shown the realities of primary industries last week in preparation for their participation in the Royal Adelaide Agricultural Show.
Students donned their gumboots and took to the school’s agricultural block to learn proper handling, grooming and presentation techniques for livestock.
Woonallee Simmentals principal Lizzy Baker recently demonstrated how to undertake handling procedures with minimum stress and discomfort to livestock, as well as techniques used to exhibit steers to the best advantage.
Students will show an Angus steer, a shorthorn and a limousine steer sourced from Nampaara Angus stud, Lake Hawdon and Warrawindi Farms at the September show.
Year 11 student Millie Smith said the unique lesson improved her knowledge on essential grooming techniques ahead of the upcoming Adelaide Show steer competition.
“Today we looked at grooming, which is a really important part of showing steers,” she said.
“Lizzy showed us how to wash, blow dry and comb the steer for show.
“We learnt by trimming the steer’s hair you can accentuate the good pieces of meat and muscle, which is something you get judged on in competitions.”
As part of the program, students will undertake the “prepare livestock for competition and apply chemicals under supervision” units which are embedded in the Year 11 agricultural science subject.
Students and staff will travel to Adelaide next month with eight goats and three steers for the competition.