Whatever the Wether – Merino Challenge

For many senior Agriculture students today marks the beginning of a steep learning curve.

Whatever the Wether – Merino Challenge

MEDIA RELEASE WHEN TODAY, Thursday 12 March, 9:00am – 3:00pm WHERE Jerilderie Saleyards, Kennedy Street, Jerilderie WHAT 2020 School Merino Wether Challenge For many senior Agriculture students today marks the beginning of a steep learning curve. The NSW Stud Merino Breeders Association, together with Australian Wool Innovation with support from BRALCA, are running a second day of training for senior school students who are passionate about learning more about the sheep industry. With the first training day at Dubbo under their belt, tomorrow approximately twenty schools will descend on the Jerilderie Saleyards to help expand their understanding of the sheep meat and sheep wool industries. The students will rotate through a series of workshops aimed at expanding their knowledge of nutrition, estimated breeding value score (EBVS) and wool and meat judging. At the conclusion of the day each school will receive seven Merino Wethers to take back to their school, care and prepare for the second day of the Challenge – attendance at the Deniliquin Show in August when the flock will be judged on their meat and wool. Mrs Belinda Everingham, Senior Agriculture Teacher at Wagga Wagga Christian College, is excited by the opportunity, “Hands on teaching where the responsibility for caring for the animals is up to the students cannot be equalled. We are thankful to be able to be part of this excellent opportunity to meet with like-minded students from other schools and hear from young professional breeders. Students will no doubt have their horizons broadened as they hear key stud breeders share their knowledge of the industry.” Mrs Belinda Everingham
Senior Agricultural Teacher Mr Phillip Wilson, Principal Ph: 6923 8888 Key Organiser: Ben Watts, BRALCA Mob: 0428 668 706 Email: Ben@brlca.com