TAFE NSW Richmond Students Clean Up At Hawkesbury Show And Appear On Better Homes And Gardens

Written by: The Hawkesbury Phoenix


TAFE NSW Richmond students cleaned up in the “Fancy Dress - Sheep and Handler” category, proving creativity and practical skills go hand-in-hand.

Agricultural shows such as the annual Hawkesbury Show in Richmond NSW are evolving beyond their traditional role as community events.

They are instrumental in shaping the future of Australian agriculture, p providing TAFE NSW students with hands-on experience that opens doors to rewarding careers in this growing sector.

President of Ag Shows NSW, Jill Chapman, emphasises the importance of those events for bridging the urban-rural divide and inspiring a new generation.

“Agricultural shows foster understanding and appreciation between urban and rural populations, ensuring that the cultural and economic contributions of the agricultural sector are recognised and celebrated,” Ms Chapman said.

“You don’t need to live on a farm or come from a farming family to have a passion for agriculture.

“Agriculture is not just about producing food, it’s about nurturing the community and preserving the environment.”

Beyond competitions, agricultural shows also function as crucial networking hubs, connecting students with potential employers.

This is essential in a sector where the average farmer age is now 52, highlighting the need for young talent.

With over 4,000 new NSW agriculture jobs projected by 2025, TAFE NSW plays a pivotal role in training the next generation.

These programs equip students for both immediate employment and long-term success in an ever-evolving industry.

Lachlan Judd-Chaumont, a 19-year-old from the Sutherland Shire with no prior farming background, discovered his calling through a TAFE NSW work placement.

“After working with livestock, I realised this is where my future lies,” Mr Judd-Chaumont said.

“Now, I hope to work on a cattle station and one day start my own farm.”

This year, TAFE NSW students received remarkable success at the Hawkesbury Show.

Their creative costumes earned them a sweep of the “Fancy Dress-Sheep and Handler” category, and they showcased their practical skills by securing Reserve Champion titles in both Ewe and Ram categories.

“The Show was an invaluable learning experience and a chance to connect with industry experts,” Mr Judd-Chaumont said.

“It’s incredibly rewarding to see our hard work recognised, especially as it leads to real-world opportunities.”

For certificate III in Agriculture student Bridget Bell, who grew up on a hobby farm, agriculture shows complement her TAFE NSW education.

“Competing at the Hawkesbury Show, alongside other agricultural events, has been a standard part of my studies,” Ms Bell said.

“This year, I assisted in preparing chickens for their competitions as well as competing in the Senior Paraders.

“This practical experience, coupled with the chance to connect directly with industry leaders, have vastly enriched my learning and broadened my career prospects.

“I’ve been offered work placement opportunities thanks to these shows.”

Lachlan Judd ChaumontIMAGE: Lachlan Judd Chaumont

Bridget-BellIMAGE: Bridget Bell

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