Students to brush up on judging skills

Sibling rivalry: Competition over judge Greg Fletcher with brothers Joe and Thomas  Carlon (Queenlee Merinos, Uralla), Karina Dawson (Armidale) and Sophie Watson (Maisters Swamp Merinos, Kentucky). Photo: Stephanie van Eyk

Sibling rivalry: Competition over judge Greg Fletcher with brothers Joe and Thomas Carlon (Queenlee Merinos, Uralla), Karina Dawson (Armidale) and Sophie Watson (Maisters Swamp Merinos, Kentucky). Photo: Stephanie van Eyk

Agriculture students from across the district have an opportunity to learn more about Merino sheep and fleece judging.

The Northern Merino Ram Breeders Association will host a junior competition in conjunction with its 73rd annual Armidale Show and Sale in 2018. This year’s competition attracted students from schools across the region and association president Chris Clonan said he hopes next year’s event will be well supported.

“Students will be given a judging demonstration for 30 minutes prior to the competition and afterwards there will be a barbecue lunch,” Mr Clonan said.

“Two students will  be selected as associate judges for our show in the afternoon and all students will have the opportunity to watch the show and talk to stud breeders.”

The overall winner will be eligible to take part in the junior Merino judging at the Sydney Royal Easter Show as the representative for the Northern Merino Ram Breeders' Association. The Armidale event will held on February 6 and 7, 2018 at the Armidale Exhibition Centre.

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