Finley High School produced yet another set of fantastic results at the recent Royal Melbourne show.
This year the school took its sheep for the first time and had some great success.
The 2013 show ran from the last week of term and finished on the last Thursday of the school holidays.
As is always the case, the Finley students would not have been able to experience such success without the enormous amount of support they continue to get from the local community.
All the steers that the school takes to Melbourne are donated by local producers.
Allan Callaghan came to the rescue and transported the steers to Melbourne for the students, while David Marsden and Brian Morham transported the stud animals.
Mrs Williamson and Mrs Taig slaved in the kitchens and kept 35 students well fed with three meals a day, as well as morning and afternoon tea.
This year the Poll Dorset was the feature sheep breed at the show.
Finley High was up against some serious competition but was able to win enough places to be awarded the most successful novice exhibitor.
The students must be congratulated for their efforts as the preparation and parading of the sheep was coordinated completely by them.
Stacey Gardiner was a great team leader and ran the team very efficiently.
In the handlers competition, the local students excelled in the ring.
There were 30 Finley High School students who entered the competition with a field of over 200 competitors.
A total of 24 Finley students were placed in the top six in their age groups.
This included five first places, four seconds and six thirds.
This was an exceptional effort by the students and was a reflection of all the time that Mr Webb and Mrs O’Leary put into their lunchtime training sessions.
This year, the school did not win many major prizes with its hoof and hook competition, but this was not a reflection of the team of animals that it prepared, more a reflection of the extreme high quality of the exhibits.
Finley had three animals placed in the top five of their respective classes on the hoof.
On the Hook, the animals are given points for eating quality. Anything over 82 points is especially good, while more than 89 points is exceptional.
Finley High received prizes for high scoring animals with eight of its 13 animals scoring above 82 points, and three of these animals above 89 points and within two points of first place and grand-champion carcase.
Overall, this placed Finley High School second out of 12 schools in the Bott-Burston trophy for the most successful school or college.
The locals were beaten by Longerenong College by just a few points.
The Finley students worked with distinction in the final week of the show for their own Shorthorn stud and for other exhibitors at the show.
They had a win with Leah in the senior cow and Holly in the junior heifer.
Leah went on to be reserve champion senior cow in the Shorthorn section which is an impressive result from the school’s small stud.
The students had a great experience and once again thanked all of their supporters who are numerous and essential to the success of the Finley High School agriculture program.
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