Bordertown High School finds success at handlers day

A successful day at Mount Gambier's cattle handlers day saw students from Bordertown High School recognised for their efforts in winning multiple awards.

Agriculture teacher Kate McCarthy said the annual event gave students interested in showing cattle an opportunity to improve on their skills and experience.

"The day is designed to give students interested in showing cattle a head start on the preparation and handling required to take animals to the shows," Ms McCarthy said.

"This event continues to grow in size, with there being eight schools and over 80 students who participated on the day."

Students rotated through structure, washing and drying, clipping, ring craft, nutrition and reproduction.

Activities were "hands-on", with varying experts in each field demonstrating and encouraging students to participate and ask questions.

"At the conclusion of the day, four heifers were lined up and the students were then asked to individually judge each of them," Ms McCarthy said.

"Lucy Steer spoke on behalf of our school and Bordertown finished in first place, taking home the perpetual trophy."

Each year the presenters nominate one student who they believed was the most attentive, asked good questions and participated well in the activity.

After impressing his peers, Benjamin Kuchel was announced as the winner for this year's event, taking home a trophy for his efforts.

"Each of the students did a great job.

"I think most of them will now feel really confident when they attend shows coming up later in the year," Ms McCarthy said.