The Rabobank National Merino Sheep Show and Ram Sale - Presidents Welcome

The Rabobank National Merino Sheep Show and Ram Sale, Dubbo, is the most

prestigious Merino show in the country. It draws exhibitors and buyers from across

Australia and overseas.


President's Welcome 2015

You are invited to Dubbo in August and once again the invitation offers something for

everyone involved in the Merino industry.

As many of you would know the Rabobank National Merino Sheep Show and Sale has been

running for over 50 years at the Dubbo Showground.

It is humbling to report that we are continuing the upbeat, positive vibe of recent years. The

new additions to the event have been widely embraced which means they are all returning

again this year.

A major element is the sheep show and we're expecting a good roll-up of competitors with

around 700 sheep coming from all around the country, making for a truly national event.

Many come to Dubbo so they can talk to the stud breeders and see their displays. In recent

years I am pleased to say the number of studs involved has increased and we certainly

attract the majority of the major players within the industry. It provides a good opportunity for

people to see a big variety of first-class genetics all under the one roof.

There's no doubt that Dubbo can lay claim to one of the country's leading ram sales with

buyers and sellers travelling Australia-wide to attend. There is also the occasional overseas

buyer. While we do sell rams which make some of the highest prices in Australia there are

always plenty of quality rams at affordable prices. Last year the average sale price was

$4669 with prices starting at $1000. The top price for 2014 was $25,000 - well done to Orrie

Cowie. It is great that Bromar will be giving away two feeders for the third consecutive year.

Don't forget, if you buy a ram and have it shorn, you could be in with a chance to win $2000

cash if your new ram is judged with the highest commercial value.

It was only two years ago that we introduced the Farm Expo, offering field day-style sites.

This Expo has fitted in nicely to become a great value-add to the overall event. People are

taking advantage of a one-stop shop with businesses on hand to discuss their rural goods

and services. I encourage you all to visit these sites while at Dubbo and show support to

businesses that support our industry.

The Flock Ewe competition, designed specifically for the commercial producer, is returning

for its second year. It is pleasing that the major sponsors, Jemalong Wool and Clipex, will

again be supporting the competition. This enables the committee to offer excellent prizes

with cash and a drafting module available.

There's the social event of the year with the cocktail party where the Rabobank Australian

Supreme Merino Ram is named. The fleeces are also well worth seeing and we're expecting

big things in that section after last year's entries hit a record number just shy of 200. This

year, people can donate their show fleece to our chosen charity, Tractor Trek, which

fundraises for Camp Quality, the Children's Family Cancer Charity.

We also have the next generation battling it out in the School Wether Challenge and Merino

and Fleece judging competitions. We're giving the next generation a wealth of experience

and later on they may join our industry.

I would like to acknowledge our major sponsor Rabobank, and all our sponsors, supporters

and visitors without whom we couldn't run the event. Dubbo really does tick all the boxes.

This will be my last year as President with my three-year term coming to an end. I look

forward to seeing you at Dubbo.

Stuart McBurnie



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