Esperance Farm Training Centre students shine at Perth Royal Show

The Esperance Farm Training Centre had another successful run at this year's Perth Royal Show competing and showing animals over ten days from Wednesday, September 25.

Six staff, twelve students and a number of cattle and sheep headed to Perth to compete in 14 events to showcase the young farmers' varied skills.

The students took home a number of awards including a first place in the AWI Future Sheep Breeders Challenge.

Esperance Farm Training Centre teacher Jazmin Parker said the students represented their school with pride.

"The first competitions were Rural Skills Australia Farm Skills, think the Olympics for farmers, students had to complete a variety of tasks; wool classing, ram judging, drafting, steer appraisal, tractor driving, first aid, GPS and weed identification just to name a few," she said.

"The rest of the show revolved around preparing the cattle and the sheep for showing.

"This meant lots of early starts and long days, but our students handled this well and achieved some great results.

"Special mention needs to be made of our very own Henco Maree and Jasmine Vincent, our year 10 farm students who were competing in their first show.

"Henco achieved a third place for his age group.

"In addition, our AWI team with Jordan Forbes, Jade Challinger, Lily Daw and Taia Farnham-Offer for their excellent efforts."

Mrs Parker extended her thanks to the teachers and volunteers who contributed their time.

"It is great to have staff who are willing to do extra so our students don't miss out on such amazing opportunities," she said.

"A big thank to Crystal Henderson, Vicky Hempsell, Mick Harris and Chris Vibart who all put in extra hours to make the show such a successful event for our students.

"A special thanks to Jan O'Connell who gave up her holidays, and volunteered to support our students."