Cleve students ready to show sheep

READY TO SHOW: Cleve Area School Year 10 Certificate 2 in Agriculture students are preparing for the Interschool Merino Wether Competition. Names appear in story.
READY TO SHOW: Cleve Area School Year 10 Certificate 2 in Agriculture students are preparing for the Interschool Merino Wether Competition. Names appear in story.

Cleve Area School’s year 10 agriculture students are getting ready for this year’s Interschool Merino Wether Competition at the Royal Adelaide Show.

The students have been preparing 10 sheep before they select two pens of three sheep for the competition.

The sheep will be judged on their wool, meat and skin value as part of the competition.

The merinos come from the Sims Farm and Robert Norris’ flock, all of Glenville bloodlines, which agriculture teacher Aleks Sulajic chose after last year’s show.

Last year, the school won the best pen of three and had the third highest skin value when they went up against 144 other sheep.

Mr Sulajic said when choosing the best six sheep for the Royal Adelaide Show, they looked at the sheep’s wool and meat.

“Ideally, we have a pen of ideal wool sheep and a pen of ideal meat sheep,” he said.

“We also look for at the uniformity of the sheep, and wool quality and weight."

Mr Sulajic said the students tried to get the sheep to represent the ideal South Australian merino.

The judging of the competition will be held on Wednesday, September 5.

“We’re eagerly looking forward to the show,” Mr Sulajic said.

“It would be great to see anyone from the Eyre Peninsula there to support us.”

Pictured from left are: Geordi Carrick, Brayden Crosby, Jayden Cox, Ellie Williams, Lauren Ferme, Ben Turner, Jake Bammann, Hayden Bennett, Zac Story, Daniel Smart, Ryan Lynch and Jarrod Kaden.