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.
AWI WoolPoll 2012
As part of WoolPoll 2012, over the past month AWI has held 17 WoolPoll Roadshow events across the country.
The Roadshow has enabled AWI to talk directly with woolgrowers, provide an update on how we have performed over the past three years and our plans for the next strategic period.
AWI recorded the presentations at a recent Roadshow event, and have uploaded an edited video to YouTube – so anyone who couldn’t make it has the chance to see and hear from CEO Stuart McCullough and AWI representatives.
Leading grower group supports deregulation call
Monday 26 November 2012
After two days of meetings last week, the council of the NSW Stud Merino Breeders’ Association (SMBA) has expressed serious concerns about the manner in which Animal Health Australia is managing the OJD programme.
On Thursday, the SMBA council also met with senior representatives of WoolProducers Australia to discuss the ongoing debate of the management of OJD and the radically changed plan with a start-up date of 1 January.