Last Thursday Wagga Christian College students did their final parade for the Merino Wether Challenge which they have been participating in since March.
The school is one of 70 in the state that are participating in the competition, with the challenge giving students an introduction to what is involved in sheep husbandry.
Each school has been given six Merinos to take care of, with students giving up their lunch breaks throughout the last five months to ensure the sheep are properly trained and cared for.
Following the parade which was filmed by the students, the sheep are then being sent to Dubbo for judging.
Normally participants would travel along for judging where they parade their sheep in person, however this is not possible with current coronavirus restrictions.
Wagga Christian College agricultural teacher Belinda Everingham said the challenge is great way of encouraging student's to enter the agricultural industry.
"Since March, students went across to Jerilderie and there were several student's from all over the Riverina meeting there to do a workshop day, where they learnt all about the wool and sheep industry," she said.
"There were industry experts there and they learnt all about the production of sheep, right from when they are born, through to whether [they are bred] for slaughter or breeding.
"These students come down four days a week at lunchtime, they give up their lunch times to come down and look after them, training them to be led and also taking care of any health or nutritional needs they might have."
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Wagga Christian College will find out how they rank in the competition on August 16 and Mrs Everingham said student's were disappointed that they are unable to parade their final products at Dubbo.
"There were a few tears...But having a day such as today where they can be out of the normal class routine, having lunch and being able to spend the day together and being able to parade and show the sheep off, makes up a little bit for it," she said.
"The sheep will be judged for their wool, they will be judged structurally, and we send videos up that are judged virtually. They will then be slaughtered and judged on what we call by the hook, so for their carcass traits."
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