The 2018 Noel Williams shield

June 27, 2018 11:19 am

In 1982 the RAS of NSW started a competition where if a school had a stud, they could enter their steer in the RAS Steer Competition.

In 1984 the late Noel Williams, owner of the Black Mountain Angus Stud, Berry and his South Coast business partner Mr Bruce McIntosh together with the NSW State Committee of The Angus Society of Australia, and a number of other people including the late Norman Lethbridge were delivering and sourcing steers to NSW schools for entry to the competition.

Noel Williams had for many years paid out of his own pocket, expenses incurred by the schools.

Prior to 1984, school steers at the RAS Hoof and Hook Competition, were judged in the Open Classes of the competition.

Well known Sydney Show supporters, Wendy and Des Stubbs had been involved in the supervision of students on the Sydney Show grounds since 1956.

It was the initiative of Wendy and Des who approached RAS Councilors Neville Russell, the late Bill Coglan and the late Dick Stone in 1986 to create the first stand alone RAS School Steer Competition.

The steers were housed in the Pig Pavilion at the Moore Park Showgrounds and students were accommodated in the Anzac Rifle Range army huts at Little Bay.

Steers in those days were assembled at the schools or the Homebush Saleyards.

The Noel Williams Shield was created by the NSW State Committee of the Angus Society of Australia for the highest scoring Angus steer entered in the Schools Section of the RAS Steer and Carcase Competition. It was first presented as The PIBA Shield in 1994.

Schools who have previously won the shield include: Abbotsleigh, Barker College, Chevalier College, Downlands College Toowoomba, Dubbo High, Hunter Valley Grammar, Karabar High, Scone Grammar, Scone High, The Kings School, Knox Grammar, The Scots School and Xavier College.

This year, winning the Noel Williams Shield for the second time was The Kings School, Parramatta.

The winning steer (Lot 303) was bred by Milong Angus Stud, Young NSW with a score of 89 points. This steer won a Silver carcase award.

The steer weighed 574kg and was purchased by Wingham Beef Exports.

To continue the memory of Noel Williams and his untold work for youth and the school steer competition, Reiland Angus Stud from Tumut and Gundagai have for many years kindly sponsored the shield with prize money.

Next year where Angus will be the Feature Breed at the Sydney Show, Reiland Angus Stud will increase the prize money to $500.

Richard Buck
Secretary, NSW State Committee, Angus Australia

Top image: Tony Turner, Agriculture Teacher, Max Day son of  John Day Milong Angus Stud, Young and Richard Buck, Secretary, NSW State Committee, Angus Australia.

Richard Buck, Secretary, NSW State Committee, Angus Australia, Tony Turner, Agriculture Teacher, Max Day son of  John Day Milong Angus Stud, Young.

Tony Turner, Agriculture Teacher, Richard Buck, Secretary, NSW State Committee, Angus Australia, Max Day son of  John Day Milong Angus Stud, Young and The King’s School Headmaster in black cape, Mr Tony George.’