The judges go north in search of the winning Archie for 2012 Part 2 ….

There was a big welcome for the judges even before we walked in the front gate at Tuggerah Lakes High School Berkeley Vale Campus.

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At Camden Haven High School Ag teacher Steve Shilling gave me a guided tour of the farm whilst Wendy judged the artwork

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Christmas Ham?????

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“Mooovie” is a very ‘worldly’ cow –just look at her sides!

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She has been out shopping (with her shopping list of sustainable requirements), and is now in the process of bringing the ‘paddock to your plate’ (in very literal terms). She is the raw ingredient in your shopping trolley, as well as the end product.

Her in-built movie channel is informative and follows the ‘paddock to plate’ idea beautifully.

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Her beautiful feet make you wonder whether she is a toy (rather large one?) or if she has been literally been picked up from her paddock (with paddock attached) and transplanted.

She is branded cleverly with a composite brand of the school’s crest and the brand of their Young Farming Champion Bronwyn.

Is this what an archi-BULL in a supermarket (rather than a china shop) would look like?

 

You can meet the great team behind Moovie here 

Camden Haven High School

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“Eugene” represents the wool industry –in spots!

Each spot highlights different facets of the industry, capturing many of the aspects in which the wool industry impacts on our daily life.

Australia is also shown literally resting on her back, showing how Australia was historically built on the industry.

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She has a patchwork of wool products to keep her legs warm, which were recycled and re-used from the school community.

It is her head and shoulders however, which set her apart. Her head has the identifiable horns of a ram. These then cleverly change into cornucopia, spilling their bounty down her sides. Cascading down one side is food for humans…..

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, while the other side has food for sheep and the wool industry.

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Camden Haven have done a great blog on the formation of their ideas for their Archie. You can read it here 

Welcome to Sydney Royal Easter Show 2012

Art4agriculture has arrived at the Sydney Royal Easter Show twelves hours before show time and wow is there movement at the station

Here are some highlights from my quick visit to check on the Archies to see if they were well fed and watered

Firstly I passed through the beef cattle pavilion with my eyes wide open for the Camden Haven High  team. I ran into Annie who proudly showed off their heifer and steer and I look forward to meeting the rest of the team tomorrow. Good luck guys

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Then I made my way through the rest of the beef cattle sheds. I read somewhere there are over 900 recognised breeds of cattle in the world. Well there are plenty of them at the show I can assure you.

Including these cuties

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And my favourites the Belted Galloways

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and some Red Poll Herefords and some Charolais and Lowlines

You can read all about the Red Meat industry in Australia here

Then I  spotted the Archies. How fine do they look taking centre stage in the new look Food Farm

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Alexander Rafferty’s web page is looking awesome on the big plasma screen

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Then there was Moobix and Patti all ready to do their thing at the Meat and Livestock stand

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Patti will be showcasing the IBeef app which has been designed to deliver the perfect steak and can be downloaded here

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Whilst I was there I ran into Kirsty who is also working with Aussie Apples

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Make sure you take the Aussie Apples challenge when you visit the Food Farm

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Make sure you get your passport stamp on the Animal Walk in the Food Farm here

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Then it was off to have a quick look at the District Exhibits and boy was it a hive of activity

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A lot of people will be working hard into the night on this.

And then finally the Junior District Exhibits which I get to judge in the morning and I was impressed.

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Its not going to be easy

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See what I mean!!!

Camden Haven High School first Sydney Royal

Hi my name is Paige and I attend Camden Haven High School. I love my school and I want to tell you what makes it special. Agriculture that’s what!!!!.

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Agriculture is compulsory for years seven and eight. I think this is a great idea as it gives students who do not live rurally or who do not have the opportunity to live with animals and have agricultural knowledge the chance to experience and enjoy what agriculture has to offer young people of today.

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Our agricultural department focuses on a ‘paddock to plate’ experience giving the students in years nine and ten the option of electing two courses unique to Camden Haven High School; Vet studies and Agrifoods. From year nine to twelve, agriculture is also available for students to elect for study . In  years eleven and twelve we have the opportunity to do both primary industries and senior agriculture, along with a new horticulture course.

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The agricultural department not only has strong links with local farmers but also supports local businesses by buying their produce. The Camden Haven High School Agricultural Department has also formed a sub branch of the Camden Haven Show Society and we are are actively involved in preparing, organising, giving ideas and helping out with local events.

Agriculture has become so popular at our school the number of students who attend the agricultural plot before school, at recess and at lunch times has tripled in as many years. We have a very diverse range of animals that we care for including chickens, sheep, ducks, rabbits, turkeys, budgies, guinea-fowl, pigs, donkeys, cattle (including three breeding heifers), a water buffalo, guinea-pigs and two national park certified brumbies.

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What is particularly special about the ‘ag plot’ is it is also a safe place for students who do not fit in with the rest of the school or are having a rough time or just enjoy the peace and quiet as there is always a great student/teacher support network to found in the agriculture department

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I am personally involved with the school cattle team. Being the leader/captain has helped with my personal development and taught me many life and team work skills.

It has improved my ability to speak publicly, organisational skills, give directions confidently and have learned that it is important to make the wisest decisions even if they are not the most popular.

Currently there are forty students actively involved in preparing and showing the school cattle for the Sydney Royal Easter Show. I must admit directing such a large team gives me a positive sense of satisfaction and confidence.

The animals we are showing come from our agricultural teacher Mr Hickson, he grows Limousin and Limousin cross steers and heifers. They are also donated to our school by our long-time supporter Robert Rule.

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We selected these animals as they both have the muscle development and fat coverage for their weight classes; they are also wide through the top line from the shoulders through to the rump. They are the pick of the animals from this year’s show team as they display the best attributes.

Students in the Sydney Show team this year are mainly year 10 students who have been constantly involved in showing cattle from year 7 onwards and they make up the bulk of the senior students in the team and basically run it.

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We have been preparing our animals since October 2011, when they were first brought in to be broken in. This involves daily walking, brushing, leading and feeding our animals.

They are also tied up daily to get used to long periods of being in one place; we also wash and blow-dry our animals to prepare them for cleaning at the show.

This is our first royal and it will be a new experience and all the students are so excited and highly appreciative of having this great opportunity.

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and to top it all off one of their students is a finalist in Cream of the Crop Competition with the winners presented with their prizes on April 14th at the Show in the RM Williams Stables 

BTW

How timely these photos came through late last night of Olympic Park preparations for the Royal Easter Show from an excited George Davey AM General Manager, Agriculture at Sydney Royal

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The Beef Cattle Ring Hocker

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The Beef Cattle Sheds