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.
Mount Lilydale Mercy College has an enthusiastic and energetic group of young farmers who get together each week on a Friday at school to share their love of animals and gain vital skills in agriculture. 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.
The activities the group undertakes have seen them show animals at major shows, including the Royal Melbourne, Sydney Royal and many other shows both local and interstate. Students from this club also grow and make wine each year, tend to the school animals and go on many amazing excursions..
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.
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.
The Young Farmers are keen to share their love of animals with young people from the Yarra Valley. Supported by one of the program sponsors, Landmark Wandin, the students will be running the animal show on the Saturday of the Field Days.
The event is free to enter for students from local primary schools to enter, there are many awards and classes, including best eater, fluffiest pet, best to breed type and many others. Last year saw young people entering cattle, sheep, goats, a snake, many dogs and poultry.
Our guest judges for the day have many years of experience between them. Dr Jan West is a champion dog breeder and lecturer in physiology at Deakin University and Dr Eloise Deen is a Vet at Wandin Veterinary Clinic, a major sponsor of the young farmers program at Mount Lilydale. Students are urged to book their free entry in the show and get involved with some amazing young farmers.
Please note it is free to enter the competition. You can register your entry for the competition at Wandin Silvan Field Days Pet Show Tickets
For more information contact:
Nan Cleven - Wandin-Silvan Field Days 0429 428 537
Tim Thompson - Mount Lilydale Mercy College (03) 9735 4022