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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.

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