Issue 6
Tuesday, 06 August 2019
Charles Darwin University
The display in front of the horticulture pavilion, prepared by VSS students
The display in front of the horticulture pavilion, prepared by VSS students

Bumper trophy haul at Top End Shows

Staff and students associated with Charles Darwin University’s Brahman Stud have returned home to Katherine with a haul of trophies and ribbons following a strong showing at Royal Darwin Show.

The bull “Rural College Neil” was the top performer collecting the prestigious Grand Champion and Supreme Exhibit ribbons, while RC Narla also was highly regarded, winning Grand Champion female.

Stud Overseer Jess Beckhouse said it was one of CDU’s best Show outcomes in recent years.

“We won first place in the Brahman Breeders Group and in the Sire Progeny Stakes. Our students did an excellent job exhibiting animals with poise and confidence,” Ms Beckhouse said.

Rural Operations student Georgina Harley won Best Cattle Attendant and the Junior Judging Competition, more than matching her efforts at Katherine Show the previous week where she was judged Most Professional Groom.

CDU green thumbs also had cause for celebration with VET for Secondary School horticulture students cleaning up the prizes in the wheelbarrow garden competition.

Lecturer Robyn Wing said students had been given carte blanche in terms of theme and design.

“The girls won first place with their fairy-light garden while the boys shared the minor prizes with one entry inspired by an alien invasion, and the other based on a special black ops theme.

“They did all the work: planning, designing, propagating and potting up. They got a lot out of it and it was pleasing to see the amount of public interest in their efforts.”

Ms Wing said CDU also prepared the display in the front of the horticulture pavilion.