FOR the second year running agricultural educators have lost some of the biggest events that allow students to hone their rural skills.
Royal Melbourne Show is known for the school's hoof and hook competition and a range of junior judging competitions.
For many young people events like this set the foundations for a career in agriculture.
However, there's a whole new world for our youth.
It's virtual. And it's fair to say new skills are being learned fast.
The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) has created an all-new online sheep competition for agricultural students, junior sheep exhibitors and youth associated with sheep studs to enter.
Following the cancellation of the 2021 Royal Melbourne Show, the RASV in consultation with the Sheep Committee, explored and considered alternative sheep competitions to maintain interest and engagement, particularly with agricultural students and junior exhibitors.
The RASV has subsequently developed a new Virtual Sheep Competition.
Free to enter, the online competition is open to young sheep enthusiasts of all skill levels to enter - from beginners to the highly experienced with two classes to enter: 'Junior Judging' and the 'Show your Sheep'.
The competition is designed to appeal to agricultural students, junior sheep exhibitors and youth associated with sheep studs.
Entrants can gain some valuable experience judging and showing sheep.
To enter the Junior Judging competition, entrants are required to provide a judging summary on a set of three long wool, short wool or clean skin sheep.
To enter the Show your Sheep competition, entrants are required to prepare a mock sales pitch video on a sheep of their choice from their own stud or commercial flock.
Entry is all online and submissions will be judged across the three age ranges of under 12, 12-15, and 16-19 years.
Judging will be conducted by a panel of expert Melbourne Royal judges, including members of the RASV Sheep Committee and long-term exhibitors.
Entries close on Friday 24 September.
For more information or to enter online visit rasv.com.au/virtual-sheep-competition or email Sheep@rasv.com.au