Sheep ambassador win for Gisborne girl Taylor Trott

STOCK JUDGING: Members of the Gisborne Girls High School agricultural team from left are Lily Torrie, Nina Marshall, Tiffany Trott and Harriet Savage judge stock. Pictures supplied
A FUTURE IN SHEEP: Mark McManaway awards Taylor Trott from Gisborne Girls’ High School’s agricultural team the prized title of 2018 Allflex New Zealand senior ambassador.
TEAM EFFORT: Nina Marshall, Harriet Savage, Taylor Trott, Tiffany Trott and Lily Torrie.
WORLD OF WOOL: Members of the GGHS agricultural team try their hand at wool grading.

Gisborne Girls’ High School (GGHS) agricultural team member Taylor Trott is the 2018 Future Sheep Senior Ambassador.

She was one of 78 competitors in the 2018 Allflex Future Sheep Competition ranging in age from 5-18 with an even number of males and females.

The seniors competed in animal handling, animal health, technology, feed quality and nutrition, wool classing and dog trialing and training.

Points for each section were added up at the end both individually and as a group.

Taylor and her twin sister Tiffany Trott went to the event in 2017, the first time the competition was held.

It was the second time Tiffany had been selected as a candidate for the ambassador.

Allflex representative and judge Mark McManaway said it was a tough competition with many excellent candidates.

“Taylor had an infectious enthusiasm and drive but her twin sister did too.

“It was a very difficult decision,” he said.

Both sisters were proud to be selected as candidates for the ambassador competition.

Taylor and Tiffany did Gateway work placements where they completed industry assessments.

“When we were at future sheep I realised I had learned a lot particularly from our work experience and was surprised by how much I did know.

“However, I didn’t realise so much (work) went into the grass,” she said.

The girls said it was a great opportunity and was a good taste tester for future career options as they covered so many areas.

The twins will both be pursuing careers in agriculture.

GGHS head of careers and group mentor Jo Graham said the girls were ‘pumped’ to be there.

“It was great seeing the girls talking to other students and judges they had met last year.

“The girls didn’t even realise they were networking.

Event co-ordinator Isabelle Crawshaw said as the Allflex NZ Future Sheep Ambassador, Taylor has won a trip for personal or professional development.

“She will attend next year’s Future Sheep competition and Allflex NZ related functions.

“For the 2019 event Taylor will play a pivotal role in the event design, she will run the team building challenge, as well as help facilitate the Ambassador timetable,” she said.

The future holds different avenues for each of the team members but most are focussing on the Future Beef Competition next year.

Lily Torrie said she learned a lot at Future Sheep but at 14 years-old knows sheep aren’t for her.

“I’m more interested in beef, no offence to sheep,” Lily said.

Harriet Savage from Campion College enjoyed the opportunity at Future Sheep and to be included in the GGHS team.

“I’m particularly interested in animal health.

“Not just farming in general but learning about feed quality and their nutritional value.

Mrs Crawshaw said the aim of the event was to reignite the passion for the sheep industry in today’s youth.

“(We want to) get them excited and learning about sheep, wool and the wider agriculture industry.

“We aim to provide a platform for the older competitors to network and an opportunity for them to discover the endless career opportunities within the industry,” she said.

Gisborne Girls’ High School (GGHS) agricultural team member Taylor Trott is the 2018 Future Sheep Senior Ambassador.

She was one of 78 competitors in the 2018 Allflex Future Sheep Competition ranging in age from 5-18 with an even number of males and females.

The seniors competed in animal handling, animal health, technology, feed quality and nutrition, wool classing and dog trialing and training.

Points for each section were added up at the end both individually and as a group.

Taylor and her twin sister Tiffany Trott went to the event in 2017, the first time the competition was held.

It was the second time Tiffany had been selected as a candidate for the ambassador.

Allflex representative and judge Mark McManaway said it was a tough competition with many excellent candidates.

“Taylor had an infectious enthusiasm and drive but her twin sister did too.

“It was a very difficult decision,” he said.

Both sisters were proud to be selected as candidates for the ambassador competition.

Taylor and Tiffany did Gateway work placements where they completed industry assessments.

“When we were at future sheep I realised I had learned a lot particularly from our work experience and was surprised by how much I did know.

“However, I didn’t realise so much (work) went into the grass,” she said.

The girls said it was a great opportunity and was a good taste tester for future career options as they covered so many areas.

The twins will both be pursuing careers in agriculture.

GGHS head of careers and group mentor Jo Graham said the girls were ‘pumped’ to be there.

“It was great seeing the girls talking to other students and judges they had met last year.

“The girls didn’t even realise they were networking.

Event co-ordinator Isabelle Crawshaw said as the Allflex NZ Future Sheep Ambassador, Taylor has won a trip for personal or professional development.

“She will attend next year’s Future Sheep competition and Allflex NZ related functions.

“For the 2019 event Taylor will play a pivotal role in the event design, she will run the team building challenge, as well as help facilitate the Ambassador timetable,” she said.

The future holds different avenues for each of the team members but most are focussing on the Future Beef Competition next year.

Lily Torrie said she learned a lot at Future Sheep but at 14 years-old knows sheep aren’t for her.

“I’m more interested in beef, no offence to sheep,” Lily said.

Harriet Savage from Campion College enjoyed the opportunity at Future Sheep and to be included in the GGHS team.

“I’m particularly interested in animal health.

“Not just farming in general but learning about feed quality and their nutritional value.

Mrs Crawshaw said the aim of the event was to reignite the passion for the sheep industry in today’s youth.

“(We want to) get them excited and learning about sheep, wool and the wider agriculture industry.

“We aim to provide a platform for the older competitors to network and an opportunity for them to discover the endless career opportunities within the industry,” she said.

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