STUDENTS from Menai and Bass high schools are competing in this year’s Steggles Sydney Royal School Meat Bird Pairs Competition.

Students rearing up for best Meat Bird Pairs comp

Bass Hill HS agriculture and science teacher Adam Sharp says it’s the first year they’ve entered the Meat Bird Competition and since receiving the chicks last month, they have been thriving.

He said the birds had already grown from an average of 55 grams on February 20, to more than 750 grams on March 12.

“Students who raise the chicks for the Meat Bird Competition are permitted to enter one pair of male and one pair of female meat birds in the Poultry Show at the Sydney Royal Easter Show,” he said.

The students are also competing in the School Egg Laying Competition with chicks received in November last year, already laying eggs.

Mr Sharp says principal David Horton has been very supportive of re-establishing a School Farm, adding that over the past three years, agriculture has grown to be one of the most popular courses of study, with more than 100 students enrolled.

“The students have really embraced getting to know where their food and fibre comes from and through the practical side of the subject they can now really appreciate the time, effort and management that goes into producing something that is market ready,” he said.