Statewide Merino Wether Challenge

30th Aug 2022

On Monday the 22nd of August, eight Agriculture students from Guyra Central School attended the Statewide Merino Wether Challenge in Dubbo. Students have been feeding and preparing six Merino Wethers for a number of months at the school farm. The wethers have been halter broken and their weights collected weekly.
The students were outstanding in their performance, sheep handling and participation during the two days of sheep judging in Dubbo. Sheep were judged for their fleece value and then their meat value. Comments were also provided on the wether’s presentation which was very favourable for our school team.
Students were educated by leaders in the industry on fleece judging, wool career options , latest wool innovation technologies, meat production and processing. 
Our students were lucky enough to spend an hour chatting with Mr and Mrs Roger Fletcher from Fletcher International providing our students with a wonderful opportunity to gain valuable insights into this very important industry for our area.
Due to the large number of students in attendance, only one student per school could take part in the junior fleece and hoof judging competitions. Brooke Grills, year 10, represented our school and was a “stand out” according to the overjudges Mr Tony Inder, Allendale Merino Stud, Wellington and Mr Cam Munro from Egalabra Merino Stud near Dubbo. Brooke had never judged fleeces before but came 3rd place in the junior judging, demonstrating “Superior” fleece handling skills according to assistant judge Deb Snaith, Inverell. She then went on to achieve first place in the hoof junior judging event, achieving second place overall for her judging abilities. This is an outstanding achievement for a young student competing against much older, experienced students from schools across the state.
My appreciation must be expressed for the generosity of our parents, in particular Mara and Anthony Grills for organising donated motel accommodation for our students whilst staying in Dubbo. Many thanks also to Mara Grills and Jo Dullaway for providing food and refreshments for our students whilst we travelled to Dubbo. 
A BIG thank you also to Mrs Linley Ryan for her valued support in supervising students and for driving the bus. A great time was had by all and we look forward to attending again next year. 
Mrs Rebecca Smith
Agriculture teacher
Guyra Central School