According to Agriculture Coordinator Bob Mitchell, approximately two thirds of graduates have studied agriculture at some stage of their time at the College, and even more have experienced involvement in one of the College’s three livestock clubs.
The Cattle, Sheep and Goat Club teams have become an integral part of College life. The approach to the Clubs is much like any activity at the College – a community of people coming together to create something truly special. This includes the students and staff that work tirelessly over many months, and a stream of volunteers and donors that loyally contribute to the College community. For over three decades the College has benefited from the support of many long term partners. In 2019, Steers have been generously donated by:
- Doering Brothers – Walmona Santa Gertrudis, Dutton
- RM Wilson & Son – Oakwood Red Poll Stud
- DC & RD Leese – Davelle South Devons
- Sandra Keatley – Pebbly Range Limousin Stud Mount Torrens
- Angus – JP & C Hassing Carrical Angus,Flaxman Valley
During Term 1, Merino Wethers arrived at the College with the support of Roger Fiebig from Hilton Heath Merino Stud in Mount Pleasant and from Judy Paech, Lucerne Brae at Callington.
The goats also have a story, with Faith alumni, Tracy Bonython of Bon Chevon supplying Boer Goat kids for students to work and prepare for exhibition.
While classroom learning places some focus on the animals, it’s at recess and lunchtimes that the animals receive extra special care and attention. Livestock clubs form early in the year at Faith College, with students spending over six months of recess and lunchtimes tending to the animals in their club of choice. Animals are named and passionately cared for by students, while they learn how to prepare and handle the Steers, Wethers and Goats for the Royal Adelaide Show. Older students mentor younger students and the clubs become a close knit team, which becomes undeniably evident during Show week.
As is the community at Faith, father and son team, Bruce and Craig Doecke of Angaston Transport transported the five steers to Adelaide, as they have done for the past 32 years. It’s the time and generosity of people like the Doecke’s that enables the smooth and safe arrival of the animals to the Show.
Travel, early mornings and hard work all feature at the Show, and the support of families is integral to enable students to be involved. Whilst some may measure show success by the number of ribbons, for Bob Mitchell and his team including, Marianne Nelson, Craig Moore and Jason Stewart; it’s the energy, passion and teamwork displayed by students and the Faith community that is the real highlight of the two days of competition.
This year the Faith Lutheran College community was thrilled to receive the following ribbons:
– Faith Bon Chevon Bon Bon 1st in Class 101A (9 entries)
– Faith Bon Chevon Electron – 2nd Class 101A (9 entries)
– Faith Bon Chevon Zircon – 3rd in Class 101A (9 entries)
– Faith Bon Chevon John – 5th in Class 102A (20 entries)
– Faith Bon Chevon Ron – 5th in Class 102B (21 entries)
– Faith Bon Chevon Con – 3rd in Class 102C (19 entries)
– Faith Bon Chevon Bon Scott – 1st in Heavy Weight Export 103B (20 entries)
Reserve Champion Heavy Weight – Faith Bon Chevon Bon Bon led by handler Tabrett.
– Caleb – 5th place in the South African Meat Merino (SAMM) Judging
– Ebony – 1st prize in the junior merino fleece judging competition
– Jackson – 3rd prize in the junior merino fleece judging competition
Red Poll – Third place: Heavy Domestic Led Steer Class
South Devon – Fourth Place: Heavy Domestic Led Steer Class
Limousin – Fifth Place: Heavy Domestic Led Steer Class