Three top agricultural high schools, Merensky, Bekker and Morgenzon, competed with 93 learners from 7 to 9 August during the Agri-Letaba Show’s Youth Show competitions.
Agri-Merensky, in collaboration with Barnlab, acted as host during this event.
In nine of the 12 divisions, Agri-Merensky reigned, although this is the first year the show team took on new divisions such as poultry, rabbits, wool sheep, meat sheep and dairy goats.
In the Junior Cattle division Anika du Toit scored a first place with her total of 88.5% while Abegail Simpson landed a second place on 87.5% and Natacha Badenhorst a third with 87%. Nicky Smith took top honours in the Senior Cattle division with 93.5% with Dominique Blandin de Chalain (93%) and Luandi Visagie (89.5%) making up second and third spot respectively.
Ethan Valentine scored 88% to take top spot in the Senior Poultry section with Sarah-Ann Peters (85%) in second place and Jabus Erasmus (84%) in third. The exciting new class, Rabbits, saw Michaela Elbrecht score 94% to take second place and Stephanie Potgieter score 90% to take third place.
Top three positions in Junior Mutton Sheep went to Tian-Viljoen Krugel (80%), Jean de Villiers (78%) and Tamryn Bosch (65.5%) while Phillip du Preez (82%), Henro de Bruin (77%) and Matthew van der Merwe (75%) made up the top three in Senior Mutton Sheep.
Dairy Goats was a new class this year too with Lané Kasselman (82%) taking first place in the Junior division with Cha-Marie Bekker coming in second with 78%. Megan Strydom achieved a third place on 70% for the Senior Dairy Goats.
Merensky’s Cameron Critchley obtained 84% in the Senior Wool Sheep division to score a third place overall while the top three places in the Junior Boer Goats went to Merensky’s Lexi Erasmus (65%), Siraaj Omar (63%) and Ben de Wet (48%).
Dulan Hallat scored an impressive 94% to take first place in the Senior Boer Goats class with Johan Coetzee (84%) in second and Abby James (79%) in third.
Agri-Merensky’s Anika du Toit was named the overall best junior of the day with her 88.5% for junior beef cattle.
In the feed lot section, Agri-Merensky boasts the first three places in the group animal category. The Pin2Zyl cattle group took first place, while a second place was awarded for the best individual carcass.
In the Interbreed competition, Agri-Merensky won first place with their group of 3 Pin2Zyl bulls, as well as bulls 60 months and older with Pin2Zyl Leroy. Leroy is also the Interbreed reserve champion male. A third place was achieved for the group of five animals, as well as for bulls between 36 and 48 months with Pin2Zyl Itai.