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WHEN speaking of avid sheep-lover Samantha McConnell-Green, three things are commonly mentioned.

The first two are her nurturing nature and her passion for educating students about meat sheep.

The third, since losing her battle with a brain tumour in June last year, is the significant hole she has left in the industry and for all who were blessed with her presence.

It is because of Samantha's enthusiasm through life that her memory will live on.

As the Toowoomba Showgrounds become a hive of activity for the annual Royal Show next week, a tribute to Samantha will be unveiled with the introduction of the annual Perpetual Memorial Shield.

"This is an appreciation of her efforts and we have put this as part of the Toowoomba Show, as it reintroduced the state sheep show for meat sheep," said Chris Rubie, who sits on the sub-committee of the Australia Stud Sheep Breeders' Association (ASSBA) Queensland branch.

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