COLLEGE SUCCEEDS AT WOOLORAMA

WA College of Agriculture - Cunderdin achieved  numerous successes at Wagin Woolorama again this year.

Harris Thompson from Boyup Brook was first in the under 18 cattle handling and Matthew Pettit from Carnamah equal first in the novice meat sheep judging.

Harris Thompson and  Matthew Flint (Northam) finished in the top 10 in the open cattle judging and received a special mention. Sarah Henning from Wongan Hills was equal 4th in the individual merino judging competition while the College's number one team was 4th in the team event.

In the novice shearing competition, four out of five students from the College finished in the top nine places in a field of 30. Rivers Hyde from Ongerup was 2nd, Curtis Mackin (Tammin) 5th, Kendall Wittwer (Cuballing) 7th and Matthew Reynolds (York) 9th.

Sheep and wool entries also did well. They achieved reserve champion in the Poll Dorset ewe competition; 2nd and 5th in the competition for young Poll Dorset ewes; 3rd for a pair of Poll Dorset ewes and 3rd in the fine wool fleece competition.

Sheep and wool technical officer, Wayne Laird  said, "The reserve champion Poll Dorset ewe was an endorsement of the College breeding program. "Preparation of the animals was a credit to the students, in particular Rivers Hyde and Matthew Reynolds." he said.

College principal, Bernard Beatty, said Mr Laird and cattle technical officer, Shaun Byrnes, had spent many hours outside normal working hours preparing students to compete at Woolorama.

Mr Laird, also achieved success in his own right by making it through to the state shearing team as a wool handler for the 4th time. He will compete with the team at the Brisbane Royal Show in August.

 "The College is fortunate to have a trainer with Wayne's experience and expertise on its staff," Mr Beatty said.

Lindsay McNeill

ABOVE:  Matthew Reynolds (York) and Tiffany Davey (Wongan Hills) taking part in the Merino judging at this year's Wagin Woolorama.