St Mary’s College has come out on top at the Upper Hunter Beef Bonanza.
The school’s agriculture team took out supreme champion live exhibit with a Murray Grey by St Mary’s Heath Birchall of Duri, and Wallawong Premium Beef.
The 602kg steer beat out 385 steers to receive the Stan Watson Memorial trophy and also won his heavyweight carcase class. Overall, the steer finished third as a carcase.
The steer scored 92.69 points to be a class winner, had the third highest score from the 385 entries, was second highest jackpot carcase and was the highest-scoring British bed carcase.
St Mary’s agriculture teacher Lachlan James said it was an “exceptionally good result”.
“It’s a pretty big deal to win that live,” he said.
“It’s quite a prestigious award to be able to be the highest live exhibit out of 385 steers.
“The beef bonanza is the biggest steer and carcase competition in NSW [and] it is a very high quality competition.”
The teacher said all of the school’s exhibits came in the top three of their classes live.
“The students did an exceptional job of presenting the steers,” Mr James said.
Mr James said there were 880 students competing from all over the state including Dubbo and Coonamble, and as far south as Yass. St Mary’s was also up against local students from Gunnedah High School, Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School and Calrossy Anglican School.
St Mary's will now start preparing cattle for the Royal Easter Show in April 2019.