Students prepare to defend their 2016 royal show wether title

READY TO SHOW: Cleve Area School Year 10 Certificate 2 in Agriculture students are preparing for the Interschool Merino Wether Competition. Back: teacher Aleks Sulajic, Leroy Bennier, Ethan Tomney; front: Katie Jones, Kyran McCallum, Jez Schubert, Dustin Harris, Sophie Nuske, Jack Stringer, Mackenley Harradine, Tom Crettenden and Rhett Schumann.
READY TO SHOW: Cleve Area School Year 10 Certificate 2 in Agriculture students are preparing for the Interschool Merino Wether Competition. Back: teacher Aleks Sulajic, Leroy Bennier, Ethan Tomney; front: Katie Jones, Kyran McCallum, Jez Schubert, Dustin Harris, Sophie Nuske, Jack Stringer, Mackenley Harradine, Tom Crettenden and Rhett Schumann.

Cleve Area School Year 10 agriculture students are getting ready to show their merinos at this year’s Royal Adelaide Show.

The 10 Certificate 2 in Agriculture students will travel to Adelaide with teacher Aleks Sulajic and sheep, which will be judged on their wool, meat and skin value as part of the Interschool Merino Wether Competition.

The students will go to Adelaide on September 4 with six merinos from the Sims Farm and Robert Norris’ flock, all of Glenville bloodlines, which Mr Sulajic chose after last year’s show.

The competition is organised by the South Australian Merino Breeders Association and Agriculture Teachers Association of SA.

The merinos will be weighed and scanned for fat cover on September 5, with judging on September 6.

They will be judged as two teams of three in three categories, wool value in the morning before being shorn and the wool weighed and priced, as well as their meat and skin value in the afternoon.

The students have been looking after the sheep since they were lambs everyday, including weekends and after hours.

They were in charge of the selection of the lambs, halter training, foot trimming and most importantly, the feeding and nutrition.

Last year, 40 schools also entered in the competition, with Cleve Area School winning the overall meat and fleece prize.

This year, students Katie Jones and Sophie Nuske will be taking part in the Thursday’s youth judging program, judging other merinos..

After the competition, Mr Sulajic will choose the lambs for the 2018 competition.