Lcokdown might have impacted schools last term but you wouldn't know it looking at how well prepared Red Bend's steers are for the Upper Hunter Beef Bonanza.
The College is entering eight steers in this year's annual youth cattle show in Scone, loading them early Sunday to hit the road to the Hunter for the big event.
Unfortunately for the show team the students themselves can't attend due to COVID-19 restrictions, but they're pleased with the work they've done
Show team coordinator Susan Earl says a group of about 20 students from years 8 to 12 have worked with the steers since March to prepare them for judging.
"They're doing the live judging but it's all unled.
"They'll be weighed and put into their classes, and they're judging Sunday afternoon in the yards.
"There isn't going to be a led class, but we've still prepared them," she said.
"We have groomed them, mainly broken them in (to halter) and clipped them so they look as best they can.
"I'd say we've got a really good team."
Unusually for the team, each of the eight steers is a different breed: they have Limousin, Angus, Charolais crosses, Square Meater crosses, a Red Angus cross and a Shorthorn.
They've been named with a lolly theme this year, with a particular focus on chocolates from Cherry Ripe to Snickers, Chomp, Hershey, Violet Crumble and Dream.
The steers will be judged live on Sunday, and then proceed to the carcase competition in the week that follows with those results announced on November 2.
Still high from claiming first prize in the 2021 Sydney Royal carcase competition with their heavyweight Limousin steer Boots, the team has high hopes again.
They've still got another five steers to work with in coming months as they look to the 2022 Canberra Show.
"We're very much looking forward to next year and some sort of normality," Mrs Earl said.
"We don't want to lose the enthusiasm."
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