Chevalier students will put their best hoof forward for the opportunity to win a major cash prize.
A prize purse of $1000 will be on offer in the schools steer section at the 2019 Sydney Royal Angus Feature Show.
The Noel Williams Shield will be presented by the NSW state committee of the Angus society of Australia to the highest scoring steer.
Committee secretary, Richard Buck, paid tribute to the generosity of Reiland stud in their sponsorship of the shield to encourage youth participation in the cattle industry.
Mr Buck said the Noel Williams Shield created plenty of healthy competition among schools taking part.
The prize was first presented as the PIBA Shield in 1994 and honours the memory of the late Noel Williams from Black Mountain Angus Stud in Berry.
Mr Williams helped to source steers and assisted school students to exhibit cattle at the show, often the expenses were paid out of his own pocket.
Schools which have won the shield in previous years include Abbotsleigh, Barker College, Chevalier College, Downlands College, Dubbo High, Hunter Valley Grammar, Karabar High, Scone Grammar, Scone High, The Kings School, Knox Grammar, The Scots School and Xavier College.
The Kings School won the shield in 2018 for the second time in succession.
The champion steer was bred by Milong Angus in Young.
The steer scored 89 points on the hook and won a silver carcass award. The carcass weighed 574kg and was bought by Wingham Beef Exports for 305c/kg.
The first stand alone RAS School Steer competition was held in 1986.
Entrants will be judged and auctioned on the hoof on April 12 and on the hook on April 16.
The winners of the champion school led steer and carcass will receive $200 each.
In addition, $500 will also be awarded to each Angus exhibit in the winning Stan Hill memorial team, along with a cash prize of $200 each to the five highest scoring Angus carcasses.
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