Three Cleve Area School agriculture students are preparing for the National Merino Challenge at the Royal Adelaide Showgrounds this weekend.
The team, made up of year 11 students Sophie Nuske and MacKenley Harradine and year 12 student Angus Tomney, has been working to build on its skills at the Cleve Aussie Wool Exports depot in preparation, which agriculture teacher Aleks Sulagic said was a testament to the students.
“The team has worked intensively to increase their skills and knowledge base,” Mr Suljagic said.
“Much of their learning has been undertaken after hours in addition to their subject studies and represents a significant commitment and passion for the sheep industry.”
As part of the competition, the students participate in a number of workshops and demonstrations that test the students’ expertise in ram and ewe selection, as well as visual classing, wool typing, clip pricing, feed ration calculations and condition scoring.
The students will also attend an industry dinner on Saturday night, which Mr Suljagic said was a highlight of the two-day event.
The school came second in the secondary school section last year in Melbourne, with Cummins Area School taking out first place.