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Studs flocking to annual Sheep Expo

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July 14, 2017

Celebrate the region’s sheep and wool industry at the ninth annual Elders Riverina Sheep Expo in Deniliquin on August 18.

Featuring sheep and wool judging, shearing competitions, a homage to the wool fashion industry and more, the event will again be held at the Peppin Heritage Centre in George St.

Errol Horneman from Elders Deniliquin said 35 studs had registered for the event to the end of June, with potentially more to come.

He said as well as having display stock, many of the studs will also compete for the coveted prizes on offer — Riverina Merino Ram and Ewe of the Year and Riverina Performance Ram and Ewe of the Year.

This year’s feature breed is Dohne, and the event will also include the announcement of the Northern Clip of the Year.

‘‘To the end of June we had seven Dohne studs registered, as well as 12 British breed studs and more than 20 Merino studs,’’ Mr Horneman said.

‘‘The blade shear will return for the third year, and we also have a fair few new suppliers coming to the expo this year.

‘‘Bob the Butcher, who was popular with the crowd last year, is confirmed to return. We also expect to have a few other attractions too, including on-site simple health checks.’’

There will also be the traditional wool fashion show and the Wonders of Wool exhibition.

‘‘The expo is a pretty prestigious event,’’ Mr Horneman said.

‘‘The whole idea of the expo is about supporting the industry and making sure it stays alive and well.’’

The expo kicks off about 10am and closes about 4pm.

It’s held in the heart of Deniliquin’s central business district, at the Peppin Heritage Centre and museum in George St. For more information or to register your stud, contact Elders Deniliquin on (03)58812211.

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