Year 10 student Libby O’Regan, 15, collects a third-place ribbon in the judging Poll Dorset meat sheep judging and will have plenty of opportunity to practise her skills with the guidance of agricultural teacher Paul Anderson. Picture: Declan RurengaAT HER first attempt at sheep judging, Libby O’Regan brought home a ribbon from the Holbrook Sheep and Wool Fair.
The Junee High School year 10 student has seen the development of the revitalised school farm and said she would now consider a career in agriculture.
Miss O’Regan has been attending sheep and agricultural shows for the past three years as the Junee Run begins to develop its reputation but Holbrook was the first time she had taken up judging.
“It was interesting … I barely had any idea,” she joked.
“I thought it would be harder.”
Miss O’Regan and fellow Junee High student Nastarcha Miller secured places in the seven-strong field for the judging final.
“We were looking for stance on the sheep, looking at the best carcass, backline, the loin … ,” she said.
For the school’s agricultural teacher Paul Anderson, the Junee Run doesn’t just deliver a farm experience but also practical lessons across large parts of the curriculum.
“You can teach to anything with sheep,” he said.
Mr Anderson highlighted the examples of genetics with breeding sheep in science, developing communication and language skills in English and helping to provide career advice.
“It’s the ability to interact with other schools and stud teams at shows, developing links between schools and providing potential work opportunities,” he said.
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