Bathurst school powerhouse takes top steer prize

Sydney Royal 2019: School steer results


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Champion school steer goes to Scots All Saints College.

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Judge Ben Davies from Thomas Foods International with the grand champion school steer held by Bailey Ryan, Scots All Saints College, and sashed by RAS councillor Alastair Rayner and Paul Lederer.

Judge Ben Davies from Thomas Foods International with the grand champion school steer held by Bailey Ryan, Scots All Saints College, and sashed by RAS councillor Alastair Rayner and Paul Lederer.

Two school steer showing powerhouses joined forces to take the champion school steer at Sydney Royal Show today. 

Following last year's merge between The Scots School and All Saints College to become Scots All Saints College, their steer stood out during a strong display of 31 steers from schools across the state. 

The 626 kilogram Limousin steer exhibited by the Scots All Saints College, Bathurst, and bred by Phil and Sheridan Kirk of Wilworril Limousins, Peak Hill, that won the heavyweight class before going all the way in the school section. 

Sired by Wilworril Guardian G55 from Wilworril Melanie, he measured 15 millimetres and 9mm in the rump and rib fat.

Judge Ben Davies from Thomas Foods International praised the winning steer for his consistency across many traits.

"He has depth of carcase, he is structurally sound and beautifully presented," Mr Davies said. 

While it might have been a surprise to many, Scots All Saints College agriculture teacher Libby Dawes said the winning steer had only started a feedlot preparation in December on a grain mix the school had developed and perfected over years. 

"He has been on feed since December and previous to that he was on crop through a hard winter," Ms Dawes said. 

"We trickle fed him in November and then he entered the feedlot in December to get ready for the show."

This was not the first big win for the impressive steer who was also the grand champion steer at the Blayney Show last month. 

"We try to keep them fresh so he has only been to Blayney and now here," she said. 

Taking home the Andrew Lederer Memorial Trophy for champion school steer of the show, he will now go up against the division champion winners of the open section that is currently being judged at the Sydney Royal Show today. 

Judge Ben Davies from Thomas International and RAS councillor Alastair Rayner sash the reserve champion school steer held by Ben Cameron of Calrossy Anglican School.

Judge Ben Davies from Thomas International and RAS councillor Alastair Rayner sash the reserve champion school steer held by Ben Cameron of Calrossy Anglican School.

Coming in as the reserve champion school steer for 2019 was a 518kg Limousin steer that measured 13mm and 10mm in the rump and rib known as Woody. 

Exhibited by Calrossy Anglican School, Tamworth, the 12-month-old steer was bred by John Rodd from Junction Limousins at Tamworth.

He had been at the Tamworth based school since September and on feed for 180 days in the lead up to the event. 

Judge Mr Davies commended Woody for how even he was and said he had very similar characteristics to the champion, which made him the perfect fit for the reserve champion sash. 

"He has a great topline, plenty of carcase and depth of body," he said. 

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