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Beyond the Bale : March 2019
52 ON FARM Woolgrowers are invited to enter and visit the Berridale Merino ewe competition, the oldest such competition in Australia, which is being held for the 90th time this year. The Berridale Agricultural Bureau this year presents the 90th Merino Ewe Competition, being held on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th May. One of the premier events on the NSW Merino calendar, the competition continues to attract producers keen to prove the worth of breeding top class Merino sheep on the Monaro. The competition, sponsored this year by AWI, aims to help lift the production of wool-growing enterprises and encourage younger generations into the industry. Vice-president of the Berridale Agricultural Bureau, Lawrence Clifford, encourages woolgrowers to enter the competition or simply join the tour of properties across the Snowy Monaro and learn more about what makes a good flock. “I encourage producers to enter their flocks for consideration by our esteemed judges, who this year are Patrick Davis from Demondrille Merino Stud at Harden and Garry Cox from Langdene Merino Stud at Dunedoo. The judges will provide entrants with valuable feedback on their sheep which will enable each entrant to improve their quality further,” Laurence said. AWI’s sheep industry specialist, Stuart Hodgson, who is a highly experienced sheep classer and former Merino stud stock agent, and AWI Industry Events Manager Wendie Ridgley will also be attending the event. “We hope to get many people from other areas to attend too, because 90 years is a significant milestone and a great opportunity to look over flocks across the Monaro,” Lawrence said. “Last year entrants came from as far as Crookwell. Woolgrowers can hop on to our bus to be taken to the different properties, to enable them to look at and compare flocks.” As well as the award for overall winner, there are awards for entrants with less than and more than 500 ewes, plus the John Coy People’s Choice Award. The cost for woolgrowers to attend the tour is $10 per person which includes travel on the tour bus, plus morning tea and lunch on both days. The bus will do a pick up in the morning at both Cooma and Berridale each day. MORE INFORMATION: Berridale Agricultural Bureau: Ross Walters 0427 200 025 or Tim Jardine 0428 688 646 SEE WHAT THE MONARO CAN PRODUCE Woolgowers at the Berridale Merino ewe competition can learn what makes a good flock.
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