THEY stacked hay bales, erected and dismantled an electric fence and did all sorts of things you might or might not do on a farm, such as chucking gumboots and riding in a wheelbarrow while carrying a cup of water.
The relevance of some skills may be questionable, but everyone had fun trying.
Five teams of four took part in the Young Dairy Development Program (YDDP) farm skills competition at Warrnambool show on Saturday afternoon, with Team Penny, from Emmanuel College, triumphing.
The team, consisting of teacher Penny Ryan, year 10 agriculture students Brianna Conheady and Jaquline Tippett and year 11 student Rachael Mackenzie, topped the score across all the skills, beating another Emmanuel team and three others made up of farmers and industry support staff.
The event was part of a statewide program of similar events aimed at creating interest in dairy farming.
YDDP co-ordinator Liza Fahey hailed the event as a great success, with plenty of interest from the public and fun for the contestants.
“It’s really aimed at generating awareness of farming and having a bit of fun at the same time,” she said.