Tomarata School hosted its annual ag day competition online for the first time, with students asked to submit their lamb, calf, sculpture or garden digitally.
Organiser Barbara Bartlett says a show has never been cancelled on her watch, and she wasn’t about to let lockdown rain on the school’s parade.
“We had at least 21 lambs that had been hand-reared by students for months, and we didn’t want that to go to waste,” she says.
Students were asked to send photos and videos with a short introduction to their animal, which were judged by Karen Woolley and Sarah Thomas.
Barbara says the lamb entries were particularly good.
She believes that what ultimately won it for junior champion Dylan Burke and senior champion Lilly Andrews was their connection with the animals.
“All of the entries were beautiful, but during the leading and calling you could see how well the lambs had been raised,” she says.
2021 Tomarata School Ag Day lamb and calf winners:
Lambs: Junior Champion, Dylan Burke with Cocoa; Junior Reserve Champion, Eva Kerrisk with Jewel; Senior Champion, Lilly Andrews with Dipsy; Senior Reserve Champion, Ayla Brien with Blossom; Friendship between handler and lamb, Monty Bishop with Treaty and Molly Barnes with Char.
Calves: Junior Champion, Aurelia Ryan with Diamond; Junior Reserve Champion, Cate Richards with Maisy; Senior Champion, Clancy Ryan with Cowvin; Senior Reserve Champion, Leon Richards with Karen; Scotty Collins Memorial Trophy, Ran Ryan with Thistle.