Cattle Team

The Armidale School Cattle Team meets on a regular basis to train and prepare animals for the show ring. Students learn about ring craft, judging, clipping and grooming, general health and welfare and nutrition.

 

Each year the school exhibits against commercial studs at local shows, the Sydney Royal Easter Show and Dubbo National Poll Hereford bull show and sale. Students also participate at junior heifer shows using the school’s cattle from the TAS Poll Hereford Stud, which started in 1989 through a donation of foundation cows from members of the Northern NSW Poll Hereford group. Since that time cows and bloodlines have been added to the stud from many leading Poll Hereford herds around Australia and internationally.

The school’s herd is used as a major teaching resource in both the Agriculture and Primary Industries curriculum. Students are involved in all aspects of the stud from genetic selection, breeding, AI, Embryo Transfer programs, pregnancy testing, husbandry operations, feeding and showing.

Over the years a number of Agriculture teachers have been in charge of the stud, each having the objective of breeding high quality animals as part of an educational resource. The stud has seen much success in the show and sale ring with a highlight being the reserve junior champion bull at the 50th National Poll Hereford Show and Sale at Dubbo in 2011.

Bulls have also been sold to many leading studs in all states. The school prides itself on not only producing quality cattle but also quality cattlemen with many students gaining the benefit of preparing and showing animals at the top level.

The cattle team is open to anyone who has a keen desire to work with cattle. For more information contact Mr Mike Ball at [email protected]