Quirindi High School's agriculture students are celebrating their "most successful show to date".
Fifteen students and their cattle travelled to Wingham last week for Beef Week and vied for recognition in live and carcase judging.
In the parader's competition, Tayla Hartley placed first in the 16-year-old category, cattle team captain Beau Mullholland placed second in the 17-year-old category and Sarah Hutchins placed third in the 14-year-old categories. Beau also placed second out of 100 students in the senior judging section.
In the carcase results, the school's Angus steer exhibit gained 94.38 points and placed first. A Limousin cross steer placed third with 93.7 points in class four.
Head agriculture teacher Andrew Harries said it was the school's "most successful show to date" and owed a great deal to the dedication of both staff and students.
"Ag teacher Holly Sozou and farm manager Peter Hird have put in much time and effort to provide this opportunity for our students ... Without the extra time and effort that Quirindi High staff put in outside of school hours, these opportunities would not be available to any of our students.
"This is can also be the start of an industry pathway that many people involved in the cattle industry have undertaken at one point in their career."
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Wingham is a week-long event based on all facets of the beef industry giving students, juniors and producers an opportunity to participate in live assessment, carcase assessment and evaluation, meat judging, beef appreciation workshops, parading and judging competitions.
The event aims to educate at ground level the next generation of future junior beef enthusiasts in a hands-on environment to increase their knowledge and expose them to the Australian Beef industry through education and competition.
Producers use the event to pit their skills, and benchmark their finished product against other producers and industry peers by competing in carcase competition's, both led and unled.
Wingham Beef Week is unique, being the only such event in the state where participants have the rare opportunity of being invited by Wingham Beef Exports into their processing facility for carcase viewing, assessment and evaluation.