Inaugural wether entrants gain key experience

Inaugural wether entrants gain key experience

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First-time wether competition entrants, St Marks College, gained a ribbon on their first outing.

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FIRST TIME: Back- Brian Hayes, Mackenzie Williams, Nathan Black, and Brett Hay; kneeling - Adam Black and Samuel Philps with 'Ned Kelly'.

FIRST TIME: Back- Brian Hayes, Mackenzie Williams, Nathan Black, and Brett Hay; kneeling - Adam Black and Samuel Philps with 'Ned Kelly'.

WHILE St Marks College, Port Pirie, have been regular entrants at the Royal Adelaide Show's steer and goat classes, this was their first time entering the school wether competition, where they found themselves the proud recipients of a ribbon.

The school claimed a sixth place overall - out of 70 teams - for best meat value, with their team of Moorundie-blood wethers worth $517.67.

St Mark's agricultural assistant Brian Hayes said they had been already planning to enter the wether competition when word came through about the cancellation of this year's Royal Adelaide Show, so the chance to still head to Adelaide was a great opportunity.

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He said many of the students came from sheep and wool backgrounds so this competition was a good fit.

Agricultural assistant Brett Hay said there were some similarities with the preparation of the sheep to their usual goats, but there were also some differences in handling that the students had to learn.

Mr Hayes said they had come to the competition with no expectations other than gaining experience, so it was great to come away with a ribbon.

"We have dropped in other years and watched the judging but having been here and taken it in, you learn so much," he said.

Student Samuel Philps said the event gave them knowledge for how to improve.

"We know what to take on for next year," he said.

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