School events proceed despite show cancellation

School events proceed despite Royal Adelaide Show cancellation

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It's pleasing to see the Schools' Merino Wether Competition and on-hook steer competitions continuing, despite the cancellation of the Royal Adelaide Show.

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The Schools' Merino Wether Competition was also able to proceed in 2020, albeit with restrictions in place.

The Schools' Merino Wether Competition was also able to proceed in 2020, albeit with restrictions in place.

FOR the second straight year, South Australians won't get their annual dose of dagwood dogs or showbags, with the Royal Adelaide Show cancelled last week.

The decision means the seedstock sector will again miss out on a valuable opportunity to put their breeding programs to the ultimate test in the show ring.

While Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Association of SA chief executive officer John Rothwell initially indicated no livestock events could go ahead, it's good to see this stance softened to allow the Schools' Merino Wether Competition to continue - especially given it had record entries this year.

It's pleasing to hear the on-hook steer competition will continue as scheduled, while a virtual replacement for the on-hoof led steer section is also planned. Students put an immense amount of effort into preparing their animals for the show, so it's wonderful to see many will still get the opportunity to showcase their work.

The Adelaide Merino ram sale will be held in a similar fashion to 2020, and if ram sale results so far are any indication, the popular event will ignite a bidding bonanza.

Congratulations must go to Peter and Marianne Wallis, Glenlea Park stud, Pinnaroo, who smashed a state on-property ram sale record a week ago, averaging an incredible $3567 across more than 160 rams.

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