A GROUP of 35 teachers and school farm managers have learned from industry experts how to better prepare cattle for the Royal Adelaide Show this year.
With a number of new teachers, and some not familiar with agriculture, a one-day workshop – Train the Trainer Showing Cattle Day was formed - providing a learning space where teachers would learn everything from filing documents to unloading, washing and preparing cattle for the show.
With about 190 steers entering the section each year, RAS beef cattle committee member Bill Richards said the program would allow for safer, less stressful environment for teachers, students and cattle.
“We know it’s a competition, and there’s a ring for that, but we want everyone to share the information like they would at any any other curriculum workshop,” he said.
“The committee have been overwhelmed with the response.
“The only way for a safer, more enjoyable show, is to start with the teachers returning to their schools feeling confident and safe with cattle and the showing process.”
Seasoned showman Vaughan Campagnolo, Savannah Cattle Company, Myponga, was on hand with some cattle to demonstrate handling and preparation.
Agricultural Teachers Association president Sue Pratt said the one-day program was strictly aimed at teachers.
She said there was a range of teachers from those who had never show cattle before to teachers who had been showing for 20 years, but still wanted to learn more.
“To be able to do the training at the showgrounds is particularly valuable because teachers can see where everything is,” she said.
“If they have never been to the show before, where the stalls are, or where to unload, turning up with cattle can be terrifying.”