Something for everyone

CATRIONA'S RETURNING TO JAMESTOWN: Catriona Rowntree will be a star attraction at the Jamestown Show and Jamestown Races.

CATRIONA'S RETURNING TO JAMESTOWN: Catriona Rowntree will be a star attraction at the Jamestown Show and Jamestown Races.

Sheep and wool growers, students with an interest in agriculture, and everyone living and working in a rural community will find something of relevance at this year’s Jamestown Show. That’s the word from show president David Cooper when announcing the program for the two-day ‘Sheeptacular’ event, to be held Sunday, September 30 and Monday, October 1.

“Our young sheep and wool committee are again leading the way with the reinvigoration of Jamestown Show into an event of broad agricultural relevance for the northern agricultural districts of SA,” Mr Cooper said.

Showtime events under the Sheeptacular banner include commercial ewe hogget; commercial fleece; stud ram, ewe and pair, speed shear and sports shear, and wool handling. In between and during the competitive exhibits, there’s plenty of time for socialising and learning from each other.

“One of the best things about the Jamestown Show is the forum it provides to talk through challenges, issues and opportunities with other farmers,” Mr Cooper said. “It’s also an opportunity for students of agriculture to learn from growers and industry representatives.”

From 9am Sunday morning (prior to the gates opening at 2pm), sheep and wool producers from around the region will converge on the Showgrounds for the commercial ewe hogget competition. Following the competition, enjoy a BBQ lunch supplied by Australian Wool Innovation, cooked by AWi chief executive officer Stuart McCullough. At 2pm Sunday, join in a masterclass in sheep classing with AWI industry expert Stuart Hodgson.

Sunday afternoon, from 5pm, all eyes will be on the region’s youngest farmers (or would-be farmers) as they battle it out for bragging rights in the Young Farmers Challenge. Sheep and wool industry issues will be at the forefront of the inaugural Ag Industry Q & A, to be held Monday at 2pm in the Big Shed.

“This Q&A session has a panel of seven high-level politicians and industry representatives, and we are encouraging growers and agribusiness operators to bring issues affecting their businesses and communities to this public forum for discussion,” Mr Cooper said. “Questions can be lodged on the Jamestown Show website.”

The line-up of speakers for this panel include Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources The Hon. David Littleproud MP, AWI chief executive Stuart McCullough; Primary Producers SA executive chair Rob Kerin; Grey MP Rowan Ramsey; Meat Livestock Australia board member Andrew Michael, Dog Fence Board member Christobel Treloar and Southern Australian Meat Research Council SA chair Jane Kellock.

On a lighter note, a new section in Stacey Pavillion has been introduced, with prizes awarded to the best exhibit featuring sheep or made of 100 pc wool. Wool will feature in the fashion parades to be held both Sunday and Monday, hosted by AWI ambassador Catriona Rowntree.