The Sheep CRC is pleased to support the Peter Westblade Memorial Merino Challenge (PWMMC). The Merino Challenge has been designed to demonstrate to entrants and the wider sheep industry the genetic opportunities that currently exist to be more financially sustainable in the future.
The PWMMC involves 1500 sheep consisting of 50 teams of 30 wethers from all over Australia. All participating teams are from commercial Merino flocks and represent 35 bloodlines. The PWMMC includes commercial breeders who have been using objective genetic selection for many years and breeders who had not previously wanted to benchmark their flocks.
The PWWMC has two components consisting of a Meat Challenge and Wool Challenge. The Meat Challenge is a new concept measuring commercially relevant carcase and meat traits. Results have been published for the Meat and Wool Challenge independently, the combined PWMMC results will be released mid 2012 after the final shearing.
All the wethers are run together under the same environment, nutrition and management conditions to ensure a fair and equitable comparison. The Meat Challenge component was completed in August 2010 and the first, of two, shearings of the Wool Challenge in April 2011.
Please note that applications must be received by 5.00pm Friday 10th January 2014. See link to further information below.
To find out more information about this scholarship click here to be redirected to the Peter Westblade Scholarship website.
The Peter Westblade Memorial Merino Challenge video provides further information (click here to view the video).
For further information contact:
Sally Martin, NSW Department of Primary Industries on phone: 0427 401 538 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Craig Wilson, Craig Wilson & Associates on phone: 0428 250 982 or email: email@example.com
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