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Wyvern Station to host wool and sheep skills weekend + VIDEO

by Sheep Central, 13 December 2018


TA Field Estates managing director Michael Field outlines the shearing process at Wyvern Station.

ONE of Australia’s most progressive Merino breeding operations — Wyvern Station — will throw open its doors to young people at a training and mentoring weekend in February.

The 50,000 hectare Wyvern Station at Carrathool, in the Riverina, will host workshops and mentoring sessions on February 9-10 in a joint initiative with the Peter Westblade Scholarship committee.

Wyvern Station is an iconic wool-producing property with state-of-the-art facilities including a new wool shed, yards and shearer’s quarters. The station runs 40,000 Merino sheep and 2000 cattle. More than 1100 bales of medium wool averaging 17-19 micron are produced annually and handled through the 12-stand woolshed.

Topics to be covered over the weekend will include sheep selection, stockmanship, agribusiness skills, sheep and wool marketing, new agricultural technologies and professional development.

Peter Westblade Scholarship chairman Craig Wilson said a select group of young sheep and wool handlers would be encouraged to purse the 2019 scholarship.

“This will provide a fantastic location for the young people to visit and gain invaluable experience and knowledge over a weekend on one of Australia’s most progressive Merino breeding operations.

“The scholarship promotes the practical skills associated with the sheep and wool industry and aims to deliver hands-on experience to young people,” he said.

“It provides education and mentoring opportunities for people aged 18 to 30 years wanting a career in the Australia sheep and wool industry over a 12 month period.”

Applications and nominations for the scholarship and the Wyvern weekend close at 5pm on December 21. For further information contact scholarship executive officer Georgie McGuiness on 0437 473 414.

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