Jamestown Show’s ewe hogget competition has gone from strength to strength in recent years and organisers would love the momentum to continue for the 2018 event, to be held on Sunday September 30 at Jamestown Showgrounds.
That’s the word from convenor James Moore, who is encouraging farmers from Jamestown and the wider farming districts to enter the competition to be held as part of the ‘Sheeptacular’ Sheep & Wool feature at this year’s Jamestown Show.
“This is the fifth ewe hogget competition we have run at the Jamestown Show and we would like to see lots of entries, despite the tough seasonal conditions this year,” James said.
“Judging takes into account information such as seasonal rainfall and the type of country the sheep are run on, so the tough season shouldn’t put any one off entering.”
James said the competition aims to identify the pen of three hoggets with the highest commercial value.
The ewe hogget competition is an excellent opportunity for commercial sheep producers to compare the performance of different bloodlines in a commercial flock situation.James Moore
Wool makes up 60% of the score and is determined following shearing of the entries, and measuring wool weight, micron and yield.
Body weight is measured, but only contributes to 10pc of the final score.
The remaining component of the judging assessment comes from the judges, who score the entries for conformation and structure of the sheep and evenness between the three hoggets, and a consideration of property conditions.
The 2018 ewe hogget competition has two sections - an autumn shorn and spring class – to remove anomalies in fleece value due to time of shearing.
Kerin Landmark Jamestown and Walkington’s Insurance Agencies provide prize money for the event, with $500 for First Prize in both classes.
Winners will be announced at BBQ lunch supplied by Australian Wool Innovation, to be held after the event concludes, at around 12.30pm.
“The event is a great opportunity for producers to get together and talk through the challenges and opportunities for their self-replacing Merino flocks,” James said.
“It is also an opportunity to speak with industry representatives about the issues they are facing.”
James said entries can be made by contacting him on 0459 060 704 or signing up online at www.jamestownshow.com.au.
Each property can put in one or two pens – each pen comprising three ewe hoggets.
Sheep are to be delivered to the Jamestown Showgrounds by 9am Sunday September 30.
The event doubles as a fundraiser for the two-day Jamestown Show, with at least one fleece from each pen donated by exhibitors to assist with sheep and wool infrastructure improvements at the Showgrounds.
Jamestown Show is a two-day event, held on September 30 and October 1 at the Jamestown Showgrounds.