From jumping a fence and throwing eggs to rolling a 44 gallon drum at high speeds, Wagin Woolorama’s Young Farmers challenge put competitors to the test. And it was a steep ascent for captain of the winning team of Murdoch University animal science and crop and pasture science student Cameron Ritchie, whose team last year placed at the bottom of the ladder. “We competed last year but didn’t really do that well, so we wanted to come back,” he said. Head steward and rural ambassador Kelly Gorter said she “mixed it up” with challenges such as jumping fences, throwing eggs and fitting pipes together. “Then I had these cardboard cow cut-outs, which I made and stuck rubber teats to, which had water in the back of them and they had to milk the cow,” she said. Participants then had to successfully use a Numnuts device — which is used to inject local anaesthetic during castration and tail-docking — on a fake sheep, before rolling a 44 gallon drum to the finish line. It was so close between two teams, Ms Gorter said, that they hosted a grand final between the two, where they upped the ante on the challenges. It was the Murdoch student team, comprising Mr Ritchie and three female competitors, which came out triumphant, with the $200 prize and a story to tell on their return to the city.