O'Connor College at Beef Fest

O'Connor College students (from left) Skye Danieli, Will Wood, Keshina Blackman, Bianca Daniel and Cameron Hull at the annual Beef Fest in Armidale.

O'Connor College students (from left) Skye Danieli, Will Wood, Keshina Blackman, Bianca Daniel and Cameron Hull at the annual Beef Fest in Armidale.

STUDENTS from O’Connor College tested their judging skills at the Armidale Exhibition Centre for the second annual Premier Beef Fest on Tuesday.

The event aims to showcase some of the regions best beef cattle while providing an educational experience for students.

Beef Fest committee member, Erica Halliday said while there was $20,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs, it’s more about the kids having a rich learning experience.

“While it’s a day designed to find a champion junior judging school, the main emphasis is educational,” she said.

Three instructors with experience in educating young beef breeders guide students throughout the three-day competition.

“We have really highly qualified instructors teaching them what they’re looking for with steers, females and bulls.

“It’s about kids having a go and having a bit of fun with it.

“We’re hoping to make it a national competition in the future,” Ms Halliday said.

O’Connor College student, Bianca Daniel said the event had been a chance to hone her skills.

“I now know how to measure cows differently… it’s been a lot of fun,” Ms Daniel said.

Presbyterian Ladies' College student, Briana Merritt enjoying the event.

Presbyterian Ladies' College student, Briana Merritt enjoying the event.

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