Growers flock to new section
A NEW section was introduced to the Royal Hobart Show competition in response to trends in the wool market.
Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania’s wool fleece committee chairman Paul Grubb said 125 fleeces were judged. “The great thing is we got a good cross-section of owners who won in different categories, which means that more producers are entering with the quality of wool across the board getting better,” Mr Grubb said.
“We also got some got some traditional old fleeces with English Leicester and Cormo fleeces. Competition among wool producers to win top honours is quite keen.”
Fine wool producers Scott and Kate Bowden, from Cluny at Bothwell, won grand champion fleece of Tasmania award. They also won the grand champion ewe fleece of Tasmania sash and were named most successful exhibitor.
Scott Reardon, who runs Rockford and adjoining property Jean Banks with his sons in the Central Highlands near Bothwell, won champion Merino ewe or wether fleece sash.
Commercial cattle and sheep sales returned to the show. Roberts southern livestock manager Chris Cusick said the commercial sale, with return of cattle, was a success.
“It’s a good way for commercial producers to show their quality work,” he said “We will do it next year.”
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