IT GETS bigger and bigger with each year.
Agriculture classes from 50 high schools throughout the state and Victoria have now received seven Merino wethers each which students will handle and feed in preparation for the 2019 School Wether competition.
The wethers, in teams of three, will compete at the Rabobank Dubbo National Merino Sheep Show and Sale on August 27 and 28, with champion pen having the highest combined pointscore for production, wool and meat values.
The 350 Egelabra-bred commercial wethers were distributed to the schools at Jerilderie and Dubbo this week.
Challenge coordinator, Ben Watts, said more than 300 students from schools from the Queensland border, along the north and south coast, and inland down to the Murray and Ballarat are participating with several first-time entrants, all forging ambitions to give current champions, Red Bend Catholic School, Forbes, a run for their their money.
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