Denmark college wins school challenge

Denmark college wins school challenge


 The winner of this year's Harvey Beef Gate 2 Plate schools challenge was the WA College of Agriculture, Denmark. Pictured with the trophy were Katrina Weir (left), Harvest Road Group, Denmark students Kayden McDonald, Ben Pratt, Lewis Houden, Jessica James, Harvey Beef general manager livestock Kim McDougall, Denmark students Jayne Thompson, Zac Mostert, Emily Perkins and Connor Burrow, with the college's beef training officer Jo Parsons and Gate 2 Plate co-ordinator Sheena Smith.

The winner of this year's Harvey Beef Gate 2 Plate schools challenge was the WA College of Agriculture, Denmark. Pictured with the trophy were Katrina Weir (left), Harvest Road Group, Denmark students Kayden McDonald, Ben Pratt, Lewis Houden, Jessica James, Harvey Beef general manager livestock Kim McDougall, Denmark students Jayne Thompson, Zac Mostert, Emily Perkins and Connor Burrow, with the college's beef training officer Jo Parsons and Gate 2 Plate co-ordinator Sheena Smith.

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The WA College of Agriculture, Denmark, has won this year's Harvey Beef Gate 2 Plate schools challenge.

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AFTER a day of educational development and then having their beef knowledge tested, it was the WA College of Agriculture, Denmark, that took home this year's Harvey Beef Gate 2 Plate schools challenge held at the Willyung Feedlot in Albany last week.

Eight schools participated this year, which was one more than last year, with the Kojonup District High School making its debut in the challenge.

Once again the event was heavily supported by the Harvey Beef team and Coles Group.

The challenge, which takes place on day two of the Harvey Beef Gate 2 Plate midway inspection and field day, aims to build beef industry skills into the students at agricultural colleges and schools.

A large emphasis on this year's challenge was promoting the beef industry and agriculture in general as an exciting and rewarding career path.

The 76 students who took part in the challenge heard from a wide range of speakers on the day, who covered topics from stock handling and pregnancy testing to animal welfare, transport of cattle and biosecurity, right through to some of the latest technology available in the agricultural sector.

The WA College of Agriculture, Harvey, was the runner up in this year's Harvey Beef Gate 2 Plate school challenge. Pictured after the announcement were Katrina Weir (left), Harvest Road Group, Harvey ag college beef training officer Ian Millichamp, students Seth Carlisle, Nicholas Telini, Thomas Busby, Jared Johnston, Byron Jones, Mia Davis, Harrison Marchetti and Kyle Symington, with Harvey Beef general manager livestock Kim McDougall, Harvey ag college farm manager Geoff Howell and Harvey Beef Gate 2 Plate co-ordinator Sheena Smith.

The WA College of Agriculture, Harvey, was the runner up in this year's Harvey Beef Gate 2 Plate school challenge. Pictured after the announcement were Katrina Weir (left), Harvest Road Group, Harvey ag college beef training officer Ian Millichamp, students Seth Carlisle, Nicholas Telini, Thomas Busby, Jared Johnston, Byron Jones, Mia Davis, Harrison Marchetti and Kyle Symington, with Harvey Beef general manager livestock Kim McDougall, Harvey ag college farm manager Geoff Howell and Harvey Beef Gate 2 Plate co-ordinator Sheena Smith.

A part of the day was also devoted to providing advice and tips on how to gain experience and apply for positions when students leave school and are looking to enter the job market.

In terms of the actual challenge, during the day eight students from each school were quizzed on their understanding on the topics of pregnancy testing, carcase attributes, animal transport, disease outbreak and stock handling, with first, second and third place in each of these categories awarded.

Points from each of these categories from each school representative were then combined to provide the top school on the day, which was Denmark.

Finishing only four points behind was the team from the WA College of Agriculture, Harvey.

Summing up the competition and the school challenge was Harvey Beef general manager livestock Kim McDougall who said Harvey Beef was proud to be a sponsor of the challenge.

Members of the WA College of Agriculture, Cunderdin, team at this year's Harvey Beef Gate 2 Plate Challenge included Tim McLean (left), Mason Patience, Jarrod West, Walker Zweck, Kris Parsons, Oaklee Treasure, Erin Hourigan, Ashlee Topham and Maddi West with teacher in charge Shaun Byrnes.

Members of the WA College of Agriculture, Cunderdin, team at this year's Harvey Beef Gate 2 Plate Challenge included Tim McLean (left), Mason Patience, Jarrod West, Walker Zweck, Kris Parsons, Oaklee Treasure, Erin Hourigan, Ashlee Topham and Maddi West with teacher in charge Shaun Byrnes.

"(Harvey Beef owners) Andrew and Nicola Forrest are really passionate supporters of WA youth in agriculture and we are delighted to be involved in this event," Mr McDougall said.

"You are the next generation of the WA agricultural industry and I urge you to challenge yourself, dare to be different and have a crack and thank you for your participation in this year's school challenge."

 The Mt Barker High School team at the Harvey Beef Gate 2 Plate school challenge included Seth Davis (left), Celnel Mercardo, Ryan Pope, Holly Pearce, Abbie Jones, Isabella Dew and Emily Tolland.

The Mt Barker High School team at the Harvey Beef Gate 2 Plate school challenge included Seth Davis (left), Celnel Mercardo, Ryan Pope, Holly Pearce, Abbie Jones, Isabella Dew and Emily Tolland.

For the first time the Kojonup High School brought its year nine and ten agriculture students down to the Harvey Beef Gate 2 Plate school challenge to compete.

For the first time the Kojonup High School brought its year nine and ten agriculture students down to the Harvey Beef Gate 2 Plate school challenge to compete.

A large contingent of Great Southern Grammar students didn't have far to travel to compete in the Harvey Beef Gate 2 Plate school challenge. The school had 13 students involved in the day and they were also keen to check out how their entry in the Gate 2 Plate challenge was performing in the feedlot.

A large contingent of Great Southern Grammar students didn't have far to travel to compete in the Harvey Beef Gate 2 Plate school challenge. The school had 13 students involved in the day and they were also keen to check out how their entry in the Gate 2 Plate challenge was performing in the feedlot.

The team from Edmund Rice College travelled from Bindoon to compete in this year's Harvey Beef Gate 2 Plate school challenge.

The team from Edmund Rice College travelled from Bindoon to compete in this year's Harvey Beef Gate 2 Plate school challenge.

Part of the Harvey Beef Gate 2 Plate school challenge was a lesson in stockhandling with local stockman Steve Moir taking students through the dos and don'ts of handling cattle in the yards.

Part of the Harvey Beef Gate 2 Plate school challenge was a lesson in stockhandling with local stockman Steve Moir taking students through the dos and don'ts of handling cattle in the yards.

The story Denmark college wins school challenge first appeared on Farm Weekly.

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