Students Lauren Rayner, Kirrily Rayner, Melanie Were and Emma Bentley with Assistant Farm Supervisor Kay Bullard travelled to Sydney  to compete in the AWI National Merino Challenge. The students competed in seven mini challenges such as: AWEX Wool Typing and Valuing, Ram, Ewe and Visual Selections, Feed Budgeting and Condition Scoring.

The students started their trip on Friday 13th May with Mr Pascoe taking the students and Ms Bullard to the airport. The challenge started on Saturday morning with four challenges each throughout the day, and the industry dinner on the Saturday night. At the dinner, the students were all seated separately and had the opportunity to network with people from all over Australia. The competition continued on Sunday morning with the final three challenges.

Lauren Rayner won second overall for the Secondary Group and also received first place in the Production Section for the Secondary Group.

There was a massive group effort by all the students and we congratulate them all on their ambition and drive to compete in a national level competition. The students would like to thank everyone who was involved in getting them to the competition such as: Mr Batt, Mr Pascoe, Mr Watt, Mr Madson, Ms Bullard and Ms Patterson.                                                                        

                                                                                                              By Lauren, Kirrily, Melanie and Emma

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