KARCULTABY Area School has outshone much larger schools to win the most professional school show team in the School Wether Competition for the second consecutive year.
The Eyre Peninsula school of just 62 students – with only 25 secondary students – prepared two teams of Merino wethers sourced from three local farms.
“Last year we didn’t know about the best presented team until they announced it, but with all the schools knowing this year, we never expected to win again,” pastoral care worker Heidi Coleman said.
Mrs Coleman said it had been a great team effort with great support from the community and White River stud’s John Daniell.
Karcultaby has been participating in the School Wether Competition since 2011, with plenty of success along the way.
In 2014, it won the overall best pen of three wethers and was second in the same category last year.
Mrs Coleman says it is a great opportunity for the students, who often feel isolated 650 kilometres from Adelaide.
“It would be alright to have a pen of sheep at the school, but kids really love the idea of competing,” she said.
“Picking the sheep really opens their eyes to what a good sheep is and they see it again when they are down at the show with the ram breeders.”