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25.09.2020 Source: AWEX
AWEX EMI 1036 +99
Micron 17 1641n +185
Micron 18 1398 +115
Micron 19 1231 +146
Micron 20 1104 +124
Micron 21 1073 +124
Micron 22 1063n +140
Micron 26 670n +44
Micron 28 483 +17
Micron 30 405n +31
MCar 703 +64
2019 National Merino Challenge shepherds in next generation
Celebrating its seventh year, the National Merino Challenge provided young people with an understanding of the career opportunities within the sheep and wool industries and delivered practical instruction on the basic skills of appraisal using both traditional and modern methods.

AWI’s General Manager of Operations Nigel Gosse said throughout the two-day event, students were introduced to and then assessed on their skills across a wide range of areas including feed budgeting, condition scoring, breeding objectives, wool harvesting together with the commercial assessment and classing of animals and fleeces.

"While AWI has developed valuable educational resources and projects for secondary and tertiary students, transferring best practice breeding skills and knowledge to future Merino industry participants is an important part of the future of our industry,” Mr Gosse highlighted.

“It was great to see the National Merino Challenge giving young people an understanding of the career opportunities within the sheep and wool industries and deliver basic skills of appraisal using both traditional and modern methods.

“The competition was strong, and it was encouraging to see the energy and enthusiasm of the students as they developed their knowledge and learnt new skills.”

2019 Tertiary Winners
Positions Name School
Overall Champion Pat Crawley Charles Sturt University
Overall Second Place Mitch Rubie Charles Sturt University
Overall Third Place Matthew McCauley University of New England
Minor Wool Winner Matthew McCauley University of New England
Minor Production Winner Florance McGufficke University of New England
Minor Breeding Winner Pat Crawley Charles Sturt University

 

2019 Secondary Winners
Positions Name School
Overall Champion Megan Seis Calrossy Anglican School
Overall Second Place George Gray Launceston Church Grammar School
Overall Third Place Jed Murnane Cummins Area School
Minor Wool Winner Jed Murnane Cummins Area School
Minor Production Winner Megan Seis Calrossy Anglican School
Minor Breeding Winner Jed Murnane Cummins Area School

 

2019 Tertiary Team
Charles Sturt University  
Pat Crawley Charles Sturt University
Mitch Rubie Charles Sturt University
Kayla Kopp Charles Sturt University
Karissa de Belle Charles Sturt University

 

2019 Secondary Team
Flinders Christian Community College  
Erin Douglas Flinders Christian Community College
Cassie Goding Flinders Christian Community College
Caitlin Morgan Flinders Christian Community College
Kasey Shields Flinders Christian Community College

 

AWI would like to thank its 2019 National Merino Challenge partners Stud Merino Breeders Association, Department of Primary Industry NSW, Australian WoolNetwork, Fox and Lillie Rural, The Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders (AASMB), TechWool.

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