Student serve up cattle knowledge at Harvey Beef Gate 2 Plate

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The second-placed team from WA College Of Agriculture — Denmark.
Camera IconThe second-placed team from WA College Of Agriculture — Denmark. Credit: Bob Symons/Supplied Picture: Bob Symons

Agricultural students across the region tested their cattle knowledge at the annual Harvey Beef Gate 2 Plate Schools Challenge last week.

Runner-up overall went to a team from the WA College of Agriculture — Denmark, finishing behind WA College of Agriculture — Cunderdin by just two points.

The competition puts students’ stock handling and knowledge to the test, giving them an opportunity to network and learn from industry professionals.

WA College of Agriculture — Denmark farm supervisor Kevin Marshall said the Year 11 and 12 students from his school had all benefited greatly.

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“Denmark students from both teams won several individual events and represented themselves and the college in an excellent manner,” he said.

“The two-day event was a great success for the students to network with local graziers and businesses and to test their skills and knowledge against all other students from other schools.

“Individuals Zoe Skinner and Libby Miell were placed second and third overall out of all the events.

“Other place getters were Josh Coole, Jorja Waters, Jacana Vincent, Hamish Bowie and Michael Cottle.”

A second WA College of Agriculture — Denmark team finished fourth.

Teams from Great Southern Grammar, Mt Barker Community College and WA College of Agriculture — Narrogin also competed.

Harvey Beef Gate 2 Plate organiser Sheena Smith said it was one of the toughest years in the history of the Schools Challenge.

“How lucky we are to have these colleges in our State — students with such a thirst for knowledge and love for the industry,” she said. “The level of questions were unbelievable.

“Congratulations to all these fine young men and women attending — you are all winners and we look forwards to seeing (you) in the future.”

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