2019 National Merino Challenge shepherds in next generation

Monday, 27 May 2019

161 students from around the country have enjoyed a weekend of wool industry education, demonstrations, presentations and a series of mini challenges at the 2019 National Merino Challenge.

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

   


Position


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

   


Position


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.

 

About AWI 


AWI is a not-for-profit company that invests in research and development (R&D), and marketing to increase the long-term profitability of Australian woolgrowers.

 
AWI is funded primarily through a wool levy paid by woolgrowers and a matching contribution from the Federal Government for eligible R&D activities that are capped at 0.5% of the value of gross national value of wool production.
 
For more information visit wool.com

 
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