Studs set to flock to annual Sheep Expo

July 20, 2017

Celebrate the region’s sheep and wool industry at the ninth annual Elders Riverina Sheep Expo on August 18.

Featuring sheep and wool judging, shearing competitions, a homage to the wool fashion industry and more, the event will again be held at Deniliquin’s Peppin Heritage Centre in George St.

Errol Horneman from Elders Deniliquin said more than 30 studs have already registered for the event, with potentially more to come.

He said as well as having display stock, many of the studs will also compete for the coveted prizes on offer — Riverina Merino Ram and Ewe of the Year and Riverina Performance Ram and Ewe of the Year.

This year’s feature breed is Dohne, and the event will also include the announcement of the Northern Clip of the Year.

Kardinia Dohne Merino Stud in Corowa, owned by Australia Dohne Breeders Association’s Victorian branch immediate past chair Don Mills, will be one of the studs vying for the feature breed trophy.

‘‘Showing is not mainstream for Dohne breeders but we do expect to have Dohne breeders from across the Riverina and from southern Victoria competing at Deniliquin,’’ Mr Mills said.

Mr Horneman said the sheep judging events will be complemented by an action-packed day of demonstrations and displays.

‘‘The blade shear will return for the third year, and we also have a fair few new suppliers coming to the expo this year,’’ Mr Horneman said.

‘‘Bob the Butcher is confirmed to return who was popular with the crowd last year. We also expect to have a few other attractions too, including on-site simple health checks.’’

There will also be the traditional wool fashion show and the Wonders of Wool exhibition.

‘‘The expo is a pretty prestigious event,’’ Mr Horneman said.

‘‘The whole idea of the expo is about supporting the industry and making sure it stays alive and well.’’

The expo kicks off about 10am and closes about 4pm.

For more information or to register your stud, contact Elders Deniliquin on (03)58812211.

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