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Wool's future looks bright at NMC 2018

Monday, 21 May 2018

Australian students from five states have enjoyed a weekend of wool industry education, skills and introductions at the 2018 National Merino Challenge (NMC). Now it its sixth year, the NMC has introduced more than 600 secondary and tertiary students to basic wool industry knowledge and skills while also introducing them to a network of wool industry professionals. This year, more than 120 students took part. The NMC gives young people an understanding of the career opportunities within the sheep and wool industries and delivers basic skills of appraisal using both traditional and modern methods.

Tasmanian Teams. Click through for more images of the NMC.

Australian students from five states have enjoyed a weekend of wool industry education, skills and introductions at the 2018 National Merino Challenge (NMC).

Now it its sixth year, the NMC has introduced more than 600 secondary and tertiary students to basic wool industry knowledge and skills while also introducing them to a network of wool industry professionals. This year, more than 120 students took part.

The NMC gives young people an understanding of the career opportunities within the sheep and wool industries and delivers basic skills of appraisal using both traditional and modern methods.

The National Merino Challenge has established itself as a leading education program for students interested in a career in the wool industry. NMC project manager Ben Watts said the NMC continues to grow strongly because it delivered what enthusiastic young people wanted.

“It was great to see the eagerness and energy of the students so keen to learn about wool which is a credit to them and their teachers. The NMC is also fortunate to receive tremendous support from this great industry.”

You can hear more from the NMC in the latest edition of The Yarn podcast here.

During the two-day event, students are introduced to and then assessed on their skills across a wide range of areas such as feed budgeting, condition scoring, breeding objectives, wool harvesting together with the commercial assessment and classing of animals and fleeces.

Australian Wool Innovation Sheep Industry Specialist Stuart Hodgson said the NMC is an example of the strong focus on education at AWI which is helping train the next generation of woolgrowers and wool specialists.

“It takes an enormous effort from a large team of people to run the NMC, we have a great NMC organising committee supported by AWI staff to make this a success. It’s been a great team effort all round and a big thankyou to Ben Watts for this.”

AWI would like to thank the following partners of the 2018 NMC without whom the event would not be possible: Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of SA, Landmark, Government of South Australia, Australian Wool Network, Rodwells, Bank SA, Merino SA, Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders, Elders, Australian Wool Education Trust, Techwool Trading, Michell, Fox & Lillie, Career Harvest.

For those keen on NMC 2019 in Sydney, please view www.wool.com/NMC for more information.

PARTICIPATING ORGANISATIONS TOWN STATE
SECONDARY SCHOOL DIVISION
Cummins Area School Cummins SA
Cleve Area School Cleve SA
Molong Central School Molong NSW
Edmund Rice College Bindoon WA
WA College of Agriculture - Cunderdin Cunderdin WA
WA College of Agriculture - Harvey Harvey WA
WA College of Agriculture - Narrogin Narrogin WA
St Patrick's College - Launceston Launceston Tas
Launceston Church Grammar Launceston Tas
Scotch Oakburn College Launceston Tas
Burra Community School Burra SA
Hay War Memorial School Hay NSW
TERTIARY DIVISION
Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga NSW
La Trobe University Melbourne VIC
Murdoch University Perth WA
The University of Adelaide Adelaide SA
The University of Melbourne Melbourne VIC
University of New England Armidale NSW
Australian Adult Learning Centre Online    
TAFE Riverina Riverina NSW
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture Hobart Tas
TasTAFE Launceston Tas

  

2018 SECONDARY DIVISION AWARDS
Champion Laura Hall, Cummins Area School
Second Place Caitlin Watts, Molong Central School
Third Place Angus Tomney, Cleve Area School
Champion Team Tasmanian School Team (George Booth, Olivia Lawson, Brittany Hine, George Gray, trainer: George Darby)
Top Performer in Wool Section Brittany Hine, St Patrick’s College
Top Performer in Production Section Angus Tomney, Cleve Area School
Top Performer in Breeding Section Mackenley Harradine, Cleve Area School
Winning Trainer George Darby, Tasmanian Schools Team

  

2018 TERTIARY DIVISION AWARDS
Champion Lauren Rowlands, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, UTAS
Second Place Rebecca Owen, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, UTAS
Third Place Madison Carter, Murdoch University
Champion Team Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, UTAS (Lauren Rowlands, Rebecca Owen, Annick Wick, Olivia Cripps, trainer: Andrew Bailey)
Top Performer in Wool Section Kieran Smith, University of New England
Top Performer in Production Section Rebecca Owen, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, UTAS
Top Performer in Breeding Section Damien Goodman, The University of Melbourne
Winning Trainer Andrew Bailey, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, UTAS

 

Contact:
Marius Cuming
Australian Wool Innovation, Corporate Communications
Email: marius.cuming@wool.com
Mobile: 0400 305 716

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