Sunbury-based Corriedale breeder Trent Oats has maintained the unbeaten record by Vic entrants winning the major award at the 2019 SA Sheep Expo for the fourth year in a row.
At the three-day event's finale he was named the winner of the study tour to New Zealand valued at $4500, sponsored by the SA Sheep Industry Fund and the Australian Stud Sheep Breeders Association.
Mr Oats, a first-time entrant at the Expo, said he was "ecstatic" to win the prestigious event and hopes to use the trip to look at NZ Corriedale genetics.
University of Adelaide agriculture students Tahlia Lockwood, Eden Hills and Jackie Chapman, Delegate, NSW, rounded out the top three for the senior achievement awards.
This year's event held at the Adelaide Showground drew a record 140 young sheep enthusiasts from SA, Vic and NSW, up from 90 in 2018, opening their eyes to the many opportunities available in the sheep and wool industry.
Suffolk breeder Alan Lintern, Tungkillo, took out the prestigious Heiniger Learners Scholarship which provided a deluxe shearing kit, including one of the new Icon FX handpieces.