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National Merino Challenge - Melbourne, VIC

National Merino Challenge

The National Merino Challenge (NMC) is an Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) initiative designed to allow young people to engage with the Merino industry by developing their knowledge, skills and networks, and involves presentations and demonstrations from industry professionals. Students participate in seven 'mini-challenges' over two days, testing their knowledge of Merino fleece, production, breeding and selection.

Techniques from several well-known industry initiatives, such as MERINOSELECT, Lifetime Wool, Bredwell Fedwell and Visual Sheep Scores, are used throughout the NMC, giving students a realistic and practical insight into the tools available to growers to make more informed decisions.

The Challenge has two sections – late secondary and tertiary – and is open to years 11 and 12 and tertiary students, Australia-wide. The tertiary sector includes university students and those studying through TAFE or another RTO.

A key part of the NMC is the annual, two-day Train-the-Trainer (TtT) Workshop, which ensures trainers are kept up-to-date with breeding and selection skills and industry knowledge so they can transfer this knowledge to their students. The NMC provides teachers with materials and techniques to prepare their students for the Challenge, as well as providing the students with materials they can use to get ready for the NMC.

The 2017 NMC will be held at Melbourne Showgrounds on Saturday, 27 and Sunday, 28 May 2017. Students are required to attend the two-day workshop, which incorporates an industry dinner to allow them to meet key industry figures and have a bit of fun!


Date: Saturday, 27 & Sunday, 28 May 2017

Melbourne Showgrounds, Langs Rd, Ascot Vale VIC 3032


Australian Wool Innovation


Cost & Inclusions:

$150 per attendee, which includes morning tea and lunch both days, as well as the NMC Industry Dinner on Saturday evening.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact:
Ben Watts
NMC Project Manager
0428 668 706

Emily King
AWI Manager, Woolgrower Extension & Adoption
02 8295 3176

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