The National Merino Challenge (NMC) is a two-day, national competition which improves the engagement of young people with the Merino industry by developing their knowledge, skills and networks.
The NMC is an Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) initiative designed to allow young people to engage with the Merino industry by developing their knowledge, skills and networks, and involves presentations and demonstrations from industry professionals. Students participate in seven ‘mini-challenges’ over two days, testing their knowledge of Merino fleece, production, breeding and selection.
Techniques from several well-known industry initiatives, such as MERINOSELECT, Lifetime Wool, Bredwell Fedwell and Visual Sheep Scores, are used throughout the NMC, giving students a realistic and practical insight into the tools available to growers to make more informed decisions.
The Challenge has two sections – late secondary and tertiary – and is open to years 11 and 12 and tertiary students, Australia-wide. The tertiary sector includes university students and those studying through TAFE or another RTO.
The NMC provides teachers with materials and techniques to prepare their students for the Challenge, as well as providing the students with materials they can use to get ready for the NMC.
The 2018 NMC will be held at Adelaide Showgrounds on Saturday, 19 and Sunday, 20 May 2018. Students are to attend the two-day competition, which incorporates an industry dinner to allow them to meet key industry figures and have a bit of fun!
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