A GUNDAGAI cattle stud is encouraging the next generation to enter the beef industry and use Angus genetics.
Mark Lucas who is principal of the Reiland Angus Stud wants to see young people take an interest in the commercial and stud side of the industry.
We are passionate in attracting youth into the Angus cattle industryMark Lucas
To foster this goal the Noel Williams Shield and prize money is awarded each year to a school with the highest scoring Angus school steer at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Mr Lucas said the school steer section of the competition began 34 years ago and was first presented in 1994.
The shield is presented by the Angus Society of Australia and sponsored by the Reiland Angus Stud.
The winning steer at Sydney earlier this year was bred by Ingleside of Yass and the stud principal Chris Rolls said he was thrilled to see the success of the steer as well as that of the students who presented him.
The winning steer, Fillet weighed 360kg live and achieved 80 points after being shown to success by Karabar High School Students from Queanbeyan.
Mr Lucas visited the school recently to congratulate the students.
“I spoke of how Reiland Angus is passionate in attracting youth to the Angus cattle industry,” he said.