Baby chicks arrive at Chev for Royal Easter Show competition
Year 9 Agriculture students were feeling clucky over a batch of adorable one-day old chicks that arrived at the Chev farm on Wednesday 21 February.
The chickens will be cared for and fed, with data recorded by the students over a six-week period at school as part of a practical farming exercise for the Sydney Royal Easter Show Meat Bird Pairs competition. Year 11 Agriculture students at Chev will oversee and support the work of the younger students.
Now in its ninth year, the competition gives students from 86 NSW schools the opportunity to undertake a hands-on farming experience by raising chicks and selecting their heaviest and healthiest two male and two female chickens to be judged.
The top 12 finalist birds will then be on display at the Steggles Poultry Pavilion at the Show, with judging and presentations taking place on 12-13 April 2019.
General Manager Agriculture & Sydney Royal Easter Show, Murray Wilton, said the Meat Bird Pairs competition is ideal for schools with limited space wanting to engage in an agricultural project.
“The Meat Bird Pairs competition gives high school students a relevant and meaningful agricultural industry experience, and we are proud to be able to help provide an opportunity for students to learn about Australian farming practices in a practical way,” Mr Wilton said.
Jorje Ruiz, Head of Livestock at Steggles, said over the last nine years, the program has seen over 10,000 day-old chicks raised and cared for by secondary students across NSW.
“Steggles are proud to be a key partner with the Sydney Royal Easter Show to provide fun and interactive learning experiences within agriculture, and help guide the students on how to raise chickens,” Mr Ruiz said.
The competition is judged by experts from the commercial poultry meat industry, and students are critiqued on the presentation of their exhibits, carcass quality, and their PowerPoint presentations detailing how the meat birds were raised and prepared for the Show.
The students must play close attention to heat, feed and water provided to the chickens, and house them in a safe, spacious and solid construction with enclosed areas to move freely during the day and roost at night.
The Show runs from 12-23 April 2019.
Visit www.eastershow.com.au for more information.
Students get clucky for show chicks, Southern Highlands News, 25/2/19