Grow­ers flock to new sec­tion

Tasmanian Country - - ROYAL HOBART SHOW -

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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