Children bring pet livestock to show day

Broomfield School pupil Gus McLachlan (13) was thrilled to have his pet pig ‘‘Pigasso’’ at the...
Broomfield School pupil Gus McLachlan (13) was thrilled to have his pet pig ‘‘Pigasso’’ at the Canterbury A&P Association’s children’s agricultural day. PHOTO: DAVID HILL
Judge Jonathan Carden-Holdstock (left) listens while Maddison Kitson (10), of Broadfield School,...
Judge Jonathan Carden-Holdstock (left) listens while Maddison Kitson (10), of Broadfield School, tells him about how she looks after her 7-month-old pet lamb Sylvie at the Canterbury A&P Association’s children’s agricultural day . Maddison said Sylvie...
Senior lamb champion winner pupil Toby Benison (13), of Springston School, hugs his 14-week-old...
Senior lamb champion winner pupil Toby Benison (13), of Springston School, hugs his 14-week-old pet lamb Schatzchen, which is German for ‘‘Sweetie’’, at the children’s agricultural day last month. Toby has been learning German in his spare time.
Senior poultry champion winner Daniel Benison (10), of Springston School, brought three of his 13...
Senior poultry champion winner Daniel Benison (10), of Springston School, brought three of his 13 brown shavers to the children’s agricultural day.
Angus Leslie (6), of Springston School, has his hands full after winning junior lamb champion...
Angus Leslie (6), of Springston School, has his hands full after winning junior lamb champion with his 3-month-old pet lamb Avery at the Canterbury A&P Association’s children’s agricultural day.
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Canterbury children lined up for their annual show experience last month after an uncertain year.

The New Zealand Agricultural Show might have been cancelled due to Covid-19 uncertainty, but that did stop local school children getting their annual taste of showing, as the Canterbury A&P Association’s children’s agricultural day went ahead on Thursday, November 19.

While there were lots of pet lambs, a few chooks and a pig on show, the pet calves were a notable absence due to the recent renewed outbreak of Mycoplasma bovis.

Senior lambs judge Jonathan Carden-Holdstock said he was impressed with the stock skills demonstrated by the children.

Several of the children had even researched the origins of their sheep breeds, he said.

"The kids’ knowledge is good, their communication skills are very good and their stock skills were very good and generally we are very impressed with the standard of entries."

Junior Lambs: Champion Angus 
Leslie, Springston School. Reserve 
champion Charlie Morrish, 
Broadfield School (south of 
Christchurch).
Senior Lambs: Champion Toby 
Benison, Springston School. 
Reserve champion Ashley Pope, 
Springston School.
Senior Pigs: Champion Gus 
McLachlan, Broomfield School 
(near Amberley).
Junior Poultry: Champion Max 
Lineham, Broadfield School. 
Reserve champion Maddison 
Lineham, Broadfield School.
Senior Poultry: Champion Daniel 
Benison, Springston School. 
Reserve champion Ciara Aitken, 
Tai Tapu School (near Lincoln).

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