The Murraylands and Mallee's farmers of the future have returned from the Royal Adelaide Show with pride, experience and, in many cases, a few ribbons.
Karoonda Area School's was named the best presented dairy heifer team in show on its first attempt, as year 11 and 12 students presented a Jersey from the Homelands stud at Lyndoch and a red Holstein from Billabong at Jervois.
The school's three merino wethers, sourced from local producers Wegner Brothers and Loller Partners and fed and prepared by the year 10 students, were judged to have the most valuable fleeces of the 67 teams in the show.
A year 9 team entered the led wether goat competition, two year 7-8 students participated in the merino sheep judging, and Reanna Turner placed second in the Fred Kelly Memorial Dairy Cattle Young Judges Championship.
Students also won three third-place ribbons for their fruit and savoury sauces.
Meningie Area School sent teams for the led steer competition and schools wether competition and achieved success with both.
Clipped, washed and dried, with polished halters fitted and white-coated leaders, steers from the Schulz and Burpee families led by students Chloe and Lauren won first and second-place ribbons, respectively, in the parade ring.
Another student, Chelsea, was twice selected for the Urrbrae Handlers' Award.
On hook, a Hereford steer from Lake Alex and another from the Cartlege family later placed third in the light domestic schools carcase competition and the export eating quality categories, respectively.
Despite being one of the youngest entrants among the 201 in the sheep handling competition, Sierra placed fifth.
Teacher Mal Jurgs said a team effort from all the Meningie students had led to a great result for the school, and that all team members were keen for next year.
Unity College sent 45 students to compete in the led steers, dairy heifers, merino wethers and led goats, and brought back numerous ribbons.
Asha Werner was named champion handler in the experienced South Australian young beef breeder competition, and Brayden Millikin reserve champion handler in the novice competition.
One of the college's steers, Bokara Bruce, placed third in the export hoof section.
Alanah Hartman came second among dairy heifer handlers aged 12 to 15 years, and third in the Illawarra handling competition.
A heifer from Warren Doecke, Springvale Ruby 20, achieved blue ribbons in the SA Breeder Competition and school January-born heifer competition.
In the goats, Unity was named second most professional school, and two animals finished second in their respective breed classes.
Students from Coomandook Area School also received recognition for their pigs and steers, while Murray Bridge High School was well represented in both sheep and cattle sections.