Our 'Science in Action' program continued with exhibiting our Animals for the Royal Hobart Show. We entered the Silkie Bantams, Auracanas and the Pekin Duck into the Poultry Section. Sharni Stoward, Sopie Van Tienen and Ashley Eyles worked very hard to wash and clean their animals so they were looking their very best.
Results included First and Second Place as well as Best of Breed for the Auracana; First, Second and Third place, Best of Breed and Champion Bantam in the Silkie Bantam Hen Section; First place and Best of Breed for the Cockerill Section for the Silkie Bantams; and First place for Pekin Duck.
Sheep - Melanie Cook and Abbi Smith entered the Border Leicester Ewe (Clover) and Lamb (Rose) into the Border Leicester Ewe section won that then went on to win the best Ewe in the show.
Abbi Smith also won first place in the Junior Judging section against 9 other U/25 men and women and now will compete in the Campbelltown show next April. If Abbi is successful, again she will represent Tasmania in Junior Judging and will be involved in the Royal Shows on the mainland. She did an amazing job.
Alpacas - Sarah Hawkins and Hilton won the Alpaca Wether section and also took out the Champion Wether as well.
Sarah Hawkins and Melanie Cook also entered and won 3rd place and Second Place in the Junior Handling completion against 10 other young adults.
Goats - Montana Devine was successful with Chieri our Toggenburg Goatling (under 24 months unkidded) by winning first place and Best of Toggenburg breed.
Georgia Amos won second place in the Anglo Nubien 2nd Lacatation Does and first place in the Veteran Does. Georgia Amos won the best Junior Handler with Hugo.
Rabbits - Tannah Bogacz won Best Pet rabbit in the show with her Mini Lop – Mocha
Priyannika Kumrai – 2nd place with her Mini Lop Maddie. Harrison Mallay won best U/12 Junior Handler with his Mini Lop – Speckles. Tanishka Kumrai won best U/8 Junior Handler with Mini Lop – Spencer.Dominic College also had a Petting Stand and all the animals from Dominic College were there for the public to touch, pet, groom and ask questions of our students about their animal.
Beth and Astris the mini-pigs were stars and Sidney Smith did an amazing job answering the 100s of questions from the public. The Silkie Bantam and her six adopted Muscovy Ducklings were also a hit.
A big thank you must go to all the students who supported the event, the groundsmen that set up the Dominic Stand and a huge thanks to Mark Nolan, Miriam Cockerill, Judy Scaife, Sharon Cook and Christine Smith for the long days supporting the animals and students over three days.
Dominic College will also be entering Brighton show Sunday 11 and Huon Show on Saturday 17 November.
Ms Jane Myers - Director of Science K-10