Mt Lilydale College Young Farmers Exhibit 2017

2017 Young Farmers Exhibit and Pet Show

Mount Lilydale Mercy College's Young Farmers Club

Working in conjunction with Landmark Wandin, students from Mount Lilydale Mercy College’s Young Farmers Club will showcase their skills at the Wandin Silvan Field Days.

The students will also be running a Pet show on the Saturday, which is open to entry to children under the age of 18 to enter their own animal.


Mt Lilydale College Young Farmers at the Royal Melbourne ShowFull release For a few years now the students at Mount Lilydale Mercy College have been honing their love of animals and agriculture by participating in the young farmers club at lunchtimes on a Friday. Meeting at the school farm, the students access a range of activities in the school’s mixed orchard, vineyard, winery, poultry pens, vegetable gardens, plastic house and goat paddocks. Students from years 7-12 come together to share their love of farming and gain skills in the club.

Centered around the schools small flock of Boer Goats, the students have many amazing opportunities. Students also have the option of taking this passion to the classroom with Agriculture offered as a subject from years 9-12. Some of the Young Farmer’s accomplishments this year have included:

  • Bronze medal at the Eltham Wine Show for their 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon wine
  • First places in both the Royal Melbourne and Lilydale shows for the Boer Goats
  • Novice handler award at the Stud Beef Victoria cattle handlers camp in Bendigo
  • Champion junior handler (Goats) at the Royal Melbourne show, Lilydale show and runner up at Seymour show.

In addition to this, students have been on overnight camps to University of Melbourne Dookie, and RIST Agricultural training center in Hamilton. As well as local visits to wineries, sheep properties, orchards and berry farms, life is busy for these keen future farmers.

Mt Lilydale College Young Farmers at work in the vineyardMt Lilydale College Young Farmers with one of the goats

Field Day Exhibit

The students are now keen to get involved with local farmers and suppliers at the upcoming Wandin-Silvan Field Days. On what will be their first exhibit at the field days, the students are being supported by the generous team at Rural Fence and Trade, as well as wonderful staff and parents from the school. They look forward to sharing their skills and knowledge with the public as they demonstrate some products that you might not immediately think of when it comes to fencing, as well as some more traditional tools.

Pet Show

Mt Lilydale College Young Farmers and their placid cattleOn the Saturday, the fun continues, with the younger members of the club, along with some of their parents, hosting an animal show at the field days. This show, open to children under the age of 18 with a parent or guardian present, will not only be for dogs and cats. Some of the awards will include the most unusual, smallest and best to “type”.

Our judges for the day are Physiology Lecturer and Associate Head of School at Deakin University, Dr. Jan West and Local veterinarian Dr Eloise Deen from Wandin Veterinary Clinic.


Pet Show Results

Class1st Place2nd Place3rd Place
Best EaterReece - Boer GoatMolly - Miniature GallowayEbony - Pip the Jack Russell
Furriest PetEbony - Hamish the Abyssinian Guinea PigSheridyn - GallowayMolly - Galloway
Most ColorfulEbony - Black and White Guinea PigTalia and Tara - Pearl the HenDarcy - Rodney the Rooster
Best Type to BreedMolly - GallowayReece - Boer GoatScarlett - Cocker Spaniel
Best TricksJordyn - Jack Russell x CavalierEbony - Jack RussellScarlett - Cocker Spaniel
Best BehavedScarlett - Cocker SpanielEbony - Jack RussellJordyn - Jack Russell x Cavalier
Most UnusualGrand Champion - Reece with Boer Goat family
First - Ebony with Guinea Pig
Darcy with ChickenTalia and Tara with Pearl the Chicken
Best Junior Handler (7 years and under) Bruce the PugJack Russell x Cavalier by Jordyn
Best Junior Handler (8-9 years)Ebony with Pip the Jack RussellScarlett with Cocker Spaniel
Best Junior Handler (10-12 years)Molly - Galloway (Grand Champion)Reece with his Goat
Best DogScarlett with Cocker SpanielJordyn with Willow the Jack Russell x CavalierEbony with Pip the Jack Russell
Best BirdAbby holding the Speckled Chicken Darcy with RodneyTalia and Tara with Pearl

For more information contact:
Nan Cleven - Wandin-Silvan Field Days 0429 428 537
Tim Thompson - Mount Lilydale Mercy College (03) 9735 4022