SHEEP AND WOOL COMMITTEE RESIGNS FROM THE SHOW:
THE entire sheep and wool committee has resigned in outrage from Miles Show over wool contamination and livestock welfare concerns.
Chief steward David McCabe said the sheep and wool committee had arrived on Sunday and were shocked to find the grain and fleece pavilion already occupied by poultry, posing serious contamination threats to fleeces.
“There was no communication. They never asked if the poultry could go in the woolshed. We didn’t know until we got there on Sunday and it was full of poultry,” Mr McCabe said.
Mr McCabe said the Miles Show Society didn’t seem to understand the gravity of the situation from feathers and sawdust being kept in such close proximity to wool.
“It’s like contamination in the meat. The fleece gets a flaw in the end product and it’s like chemicals in beef. People don’t understand that,” he said.
“Once that contamination gets into the wool and is not taken out when the fleece goes to a spinning wheel it can cause a breakdown in the machinery, and the sawdust stains the fleece.”
Mr McCabe said livestock had also been put under threat by the animals being penned beside the chainsaw entertainment show which, as well as chainsaws, had constant mock explosions which made the sheep panic.
Fellow stewards and committee members Darryl and Midge Bishop said one explosion that startled one of their dorpers had resulted in the lamb cutting its face against the metal gate trying to escape, preventing the lamb from being taken to market the following week.
“It’s a complete lack of respect for the sheep and wool committee and the locals who have been supporting the show all these years,” Mr McCabe said.
“If you talk things through you can resolve things but (you can’t) if there’s no communication.”
DISAPPOINTED: Miles Show wool and sheep steward Darryl Bishop stands between the show’s champion fleece and the poultry section in the grain and wool pavilion.