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Schools encouraged to enter Royal Melbourne Show Schools Poultry Competition

The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) has opened entries for the 2016 Royal Melbourne Show Schools Poultry Competition, providing students with the hands-on experience of raising and caring for young poultry. 

The competition, which is open to schools across Victoria, will culminate in judging by representatives of the commercial egg laying industry of three key elements; presentation of the hens, egg laying and project worksheets, during the Royal Melbourne Show in September.

“The Royal Melbourne Show Schools Poultry Competition is an example of RASV’s commitment to engaging with youth and encouraging participation in the agricultural industry,” said Mark O’Sullivan, CEO, RASV.

“We have had some excellent feedback from previous participants, with the competition helping students develop new skills and increase responsibility as well as inspiring new interests and career options.”

Mr O’Sullivan said the competition was a great opportunity for schools to integrate agricultural experiences into the curriculum, with Hy-Line Australia providing each participating school with birds to raise for the duration of the competition.

“This competition is easily accessible and an excellent introduction of agriculture into the curriculum as the schools participating will not only have access to the birds, but also additional support and guidance in raising them.”

The competition will see the schools’ entries on display throughout the 2016 Royal Melbourne Show, 17-27 September, at Melbourne Showgrounds. 

Entries for the Royal Melbourne Show Schools Poultry Competition close on March 24 with any interested schools encouraged to visit royalshow.com.au/schoolspoultry or contact Vibeke Pedersen by email Vibeke.pedersen@rasv.com.au.

For all media enquiries and images, please contact:
Mikaila Gaskell, Communications Manager, RASV 
03 9281 7436 / 0428 798 486 / mikaila.gaskell@rasv.com.au