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School sends Steggles chicks

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April 21, 2017

Year 10 AGriculture student Dylan Sibraa weighing a chicken.

Finley High School entered four chickens in the Sydney Royal Easter Show as part of a Steggles competition.

The FHS agricultural team was sent broiler chickens to raise for what is a competition specifically for schools.

‘‘A huge number of schools entered the Steggles competition this year,’’ Finley High School agriculture and primary industries teacher Robyn O’Leary said.

‘‘I think it was something like 2000 or more chickens were delivered to schools.

‘‘We were provided with 14 day-old broiler chicks by Steggles and had to raise them up for 40 days.

‘‘We had to select the best pair of males and the best pair of females to send to Sydney and they left on April 4, but we’re still waiting for results.’’

Each participating school is expected to research and apply skills to choose correct feed and conditions to maximise meat production in their chickens over a 42-day period until judging at the Sydney Royal Poultry Show.

The school which completes the three components of the competition — live, worksheet and carcase — the most successfully wins a $1000 cash prize and an annual trophy valued at $20.

Last year was the first time Finley High had entered, which resulted in an eighth place for the male pair (live), second for the female pair (live), and third place for another female pair (carcase).

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