Flocking together

The 29th annual Boorowa Flock Ewe competition was held last Friday, February 24 in conjunction with the Boorowa Show.  

Riding high on the sheep’s back after celebrating 28 years last year, the competition is just growing from strength to strength.

With eleven teams entered for a one day show of judging, the day was set for interaction, humour and education.

Over sixty-five people attended throughout the day.

The bus was full in the morning, along with up to ten motor cars following behind.

The judges were very impressed with the quality of all the entrants, acknowledging that this has been one of the most trying seasons we have experienced for some time.

All entrants are to be congratulated, along with the committee and Sponsors.

“It was an absolutely fantastic day for everyone involved,” Chief Steward Mr Rick Power said.

We had one new entrant this year being Ben and Tohya Johnson of “Somersby”.

Wool growers are really starting to see value in this competition.

It is really a day of education, along with interaction from others’ life experiences and general knowledge about the Merino industry.

We continue to try and get the best judges possible that will make a difference to all entrants.

This year the committee started with two new judges being Mr Graham Wells, past owner and stud master of the “One Oak” Stud at Jerilderie and the other judge was Mr Tony Inder of “Allendale” Wellington.

The feedback from all who attended and participated on the day was very positive. 

“Our Sponsors see value too, and join us for the day’s judging,” Mr Power said. 

“They find it really interesting and feel that this is a very special competition like no other in the South West Slopes. Where else can you travel around in air conditioned coach and see people’s properties and their quality Merino flocks along with a very social day of interaction and learning?”

The committee wishes to extend a big thank you to the major sponsors: ANZ Banking Young, Corkhill’s AG Supplies, Bromar Engineering Grenfell and the Courthouse Hotel Boorowa.

To all other sponsors: thank you very much for your generosity and kindness.

The top five placegetters will bring ten Merino ewes each to the show to be put on display along with fleeces of wool for the Boorowa Charity Bale Fleece Competition that will be judged as well.

All major presentations will be made at the Boorowa Show on Saturday, March 4.

The overall winner will be announced, along with the Joyce Mason Encouragement award and the Spring Waters dual purpose award.

The first and second placegetters are eligible to compete in the Southern Tablelands Regional final to be held on Friday, March 17. 

The top five Merino flocks for 2017 are (in no particular order):

  • Ben and Tohya Jonhson “Somersby” Boorowa
  • AJ & LM Croker “Willodale” Rugby
  • Bill Hurley “Old Killenear” Boorowa
  • Dymock Agriculture “West Killenear” Boorowa
  • PC McGrath and Sons “Clearview” Boorowa