Red Bend preparing for next year's show cattle season

Students from Red Bend Catholic College’s cattle team have come back from the Upper Hunter Beef Bonanza on a high.

Students attended the Beef Bonanza, held annually in Scone, last weekend but the event wrapped up at the end of the week with the release of the carcase competition results.

College cattle team coordinator Susan Earl said the cattle team year picked up several ribbons in both live and carcase sections of competition.

They faced tough competition with 390 steers and some 450 students competing. 

Mrs Earl said they had gained invaluable experience by being part of it.

In individual highlights, Ryan Browne took out first in the under 16 age group and was a runner up in the overall junior parading category.

Hannah Brown and Nat Hayes claimed seconds, Lilly Hand a fourth and Violet Cavanagh fifth.

Four College students have qualified to represent the school in the paraders competition at Sydney Royal Easter Show.

With the Upper Hunter Beef Bonanza being the last major show for the season, Mrs Earl said the cattle team will take the time to look back on the results and how they can improve for next year.

They will be busy in coming months preparing for the Sydney Royal Easter Show along with the Bathurst and Dubbo shows which are the first major shows of the 2018 season.

Red Bend’s cattle team has already started the process of breaking in the steers which they plan to show in next year’s Sydney Royal.

Half the challenge is finding the right steer with the right potential, Mrs Earl said, and it is up to the cattle team to prepare it then for competition.

She added that schools and breeders are becoming more competitive with their entries and the shows are getting more challenging.