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Beyond the Bale : March 2016
50 ON FARM The NSW Corriedale Association held a field day at Taralga Showground in October for 120 school students from five schools that are showing or are intending to show animals during 2016, including at the Sydney Royal Easter Show later this month. The aim of the field day was to expose students to show preparation, judging and health care of Corriedale sheep, and improve the classing, judging and handling skills of the students. The schools attending were All Saints’ College, Bathurst; Braidwood Central School; Lithgow High School; St Gregory’s College, Campbelltown; and Trinity Catholic College, Goulburn. The hands-on workshops were run by members of the NSW Corriedale Association and district veterinarian Bill Johnston from Local Land Services in Goulburn, and were organised by Henry Thompson of Tymec at Laggan. All were on hand to provide advice and were delighted at the quantity of questions asked and the interest shown by the students. AWI Group Manager for Trade Education Julie Davies made the trip down to Taralga to promote the Wool4School fashion design competition to the attending students and inform them about the contemporary use of wool in clothing. Julie also provided a presentation on other AWI education and marketing activities in Australia and overseas. NSW State President of the Australian Corriedale Association, Tony Manchester, said the Association greatly appreciated Julie’s enthusiasm and effort in going to Taralga. “It was a very positive response from AWI. Wool has a definite role in the world in which these kids will be living. It is exciting for us to be able to foster their enthusiasm for a product that has such scope and potential. AWI has shown, by clever targeting, marketing and educating, how a product’s economic viability can be enhanced.” The Corriedale Association also had a site at the recent field days at both Henty and Orange in NSW – at which the Association featured Corriedale sheep, fleece and products. Mr Manchester said the field days proved to be very well supported and the Association was able to make the case as to why the stronger wools with their “life, lustre and loft” have increased in value dramatically in the past two years. “Heading into this century we have seen the importance of these wools grow as the percentage of strong wools in the Australian clip has increased just as it did in the early half of last century,” he said. “AWI has been quick and positive in marketing the different characteristics of the stronger wools, as well as Merino wool which it has marketed so successfully.” CORRIEDALE SHEEP AND WOOL ON SHOW FAST FACTS • Students and staff from five NSW colleges attended a field day in October organised by the NSW branch of the Australian Corriedale Association. • The field day, held at Taralga Showground in the Southern Tablelands of NSW, aimed to improve the classing, judging and handling skills of the students. • The students are keen contestants in junior judging and handling competitions. Richard Carter of Billigaboo with Tony and John Manchester of Roseville Corriedales at the Henty Show. All Saints’ College agriculture elective students from Years 10 and 11 attended a training workshop day at the Taralga Showground.
In the Shops - March 2016