More than 45 primary schools from throughout the county submitted lifesize model sheep entries (pictured) for part one the new Suffolk Farming School of the Year initiative launched by the Suffolk Agricultural Assocation and Cook With Me Kids. After a week of rounding up by farmer members, friends and the press, the entries seemed quite at home grazing at Trinity Park where they were judged by members of the Suffolk Show committee.
It was not an easy choice, even for the sheep farmers among the judges, due to the incredible imagination, creativity and high standard. There are sheep made from recycled materials, others from various treatments of wool, one even has a pair of welly boots.
“Ewe would really be amazed at the variety and high standard of entry,” said education officer Hannah Woods. “ This initiative has really caught the imagination of the key stage two pupils who have been so enthusiastic and it is clear from the entries that there has been a lot of classroom discussion. Anyone who has seen them in the office has been overwhelmed by how fantastic they are. The judging was not an easy task.”
Eventually five winners were selected: Mendlesham Primary; Barnham Primary, Thetford; Britannia Primary, Ipswich; Heath Primary, Kesgrave and Acton Primary School, Sudbury.
Teams from the schools will go forward into the next stage on May 10 – a day of workshops about sheep, their provenance, butchery and cooking – from which two finalists will be selected to compete in a cook–off at the Farminanglia marquee during the Suffolk Show on May 29-30, where all the sheep will be grazing for visitors to admire.