Pymble Ladies College has been awarded the prestigious Noel Williams Perpetual Trophy by Angus NSW for their success in the Sydney Royal Show carcase competition.

The Noel Williams Perpetual Trophy and prizemoney is awarded each year to the school with the highest scoring Angus school steer in the Sydney Royal Easter Show school steer competition.

Dubbed “Squirt”, the winning steer was bred by Knowla Angus, Gloucester, weighed 433kg liveweight and achieved a score of 83 points on the hook, winning the lightweight hoof class, third in the carcase and first in the virtual taste test.

Pymble also exhibited Squirrel, an Angus steer placing third on the hoof, first on the hook with a score of 89 points and reserve champion lightweight open carcase.

The school section of the competition began 40 years ago and the shield was first presented in 1994.

The shield is named after Noel Williams who was among those who initiated the competition.

It is presented by Angus NSW and carries prizemoney of $600 donated by Reiland Angus, Gundagai and Tumut.

Noel Williams Perpetual Trophy chairman Mark Lucas presented the shield and Akubra hats, donated by Angus NSW and Reiland Angus, to Head of Agriculture Grant Jackson and representatives from the agriculture cattle team at Pymble Ladies College, Pymble, NSW, Eloise Muller, Annabel McKernan, Chanel Napolitano, Safia Arslan, Taylor Warnes and their coaches Kit Seymour and Jill Burgess.

Mr Lucas congratulated the school on their win, saying it must have been a great thrill given the RAS cattle show is the largest livestock show in the southern hemisphere.

He said it was important to encourage young people not only into agriculture but also the production of quality beef cattle to make agriculture their career.

Head of Agriculture Grant Jackson thanked Angus NSW for the award and noted it was highly competed for by those schools entering Angus cattle at the RAS show.

“We were delighted to win this for the first time and would like to acknowledge the producers, the Laurie family from Knowla Livestock, Moppy, via Gloucester,” Mr Jackson said.

“Ted and Alison’s daughter, Georgia, was a Pymble student a few years back and they continue to do a great job supporting the current girls in the cattle team at the school.”

The shield has travelled to many parts of NSW and was once presented to a Queensland school. Past winners have been Abbotsleigh, Barker College, Chevalier College, Coonamble High School, Downlands College (Toowoomba), Dubbo High School, Frensham, Hunter Valley Grammar, Karabar High School, The Kings School, Kinross-Wolaroi College, Knox Grammar, Mudgee High School, Scone Grammar, Scone High School, The Scots School and Xavier College.

Angus steer, Squirt, was paraded by Jemima Burney, Pymble Ladies College at the Sydney Royal Show and won the Noel Williams Perpetual Trophy. Image Branded Ag Marketing

Feature Image: Mark Lucas, Noel Williams Shield chairman, Matthew Macri, Skyfall Angus and Angus NSW chairman, Grant Jackson, Head of Agriculture Pymble Ladies College, the agricultural cattle team members Eloise Muller, Annabel McKernan, Chanel Napolitano, Safia Arslan, Taylor Warnes, coaches Kit Seymour and Jill Burgess, and Richard Buck, Noel Williams Shield secretary