Harvey a winner on big stage

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Nicolette BarbasHarvey-Waroona Reporter

The Harvey region shone on the big stage at the Perth Royal Show last week with Harvey Fresh, Harvey Cheese and WA College of Agriculture Harvey winning a slew of medals.

Harvey Fresh took home gold for its Farmhouse Gold full cream milk and Jersey Girl milk and bagged bronze for the Harvey Fresh full cream milk.

Collecting silver and bronze for 12 of their products including feta, haloumi and their crowd-pleasing cultured butter, Harvey Cheese co-owner Penny St Duke said each year the competition became tougher.

“Robert and I have been entering our products since 2001 and with more than 200 entries from all over Australia, it is becoming more challenging,” Mrs St Duke said.

“Unfortunately our cultured butter only received silver this year, but I think that was due to us not being prepared enough in advance, but silver is still a great achievement.”

Harvey’s WA College of Agriculture put its skills on show, taking home first, second and third place for dairy cattle, sheep and wool.

“In the lead up to the show, the students spend two afternoons a week preparing the cows in the dairy section, breaking them in, halter training them and grooming them,” WA College of Agriculture Harvey teacher Nick Harger said.

“The school is quite a successful exhibitor, but the students put in a lot of hard work and it’s nice to see them get rewarded.”

Two Year 11 students, Lydia Angi and Zac Morris, will be heading to New Zealand to compete at a national level after winning State awards at the show.

Lydia took home the junior champion female title for her heifer for the second year in a row, while Zac won first place in the seniors parade competition.

“The learning experiences for the students here are invaluable,” Mr Harger said.

“The students get the opportunity to compete and experience competitions like this which complements the academic side of their education.”

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