Quality helps Sheep Show celebrate 140 years

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Vallon pictured with Alan Harris of Koole Vale Merino & Poll Merino Stud of Costerfield, Victoria. The Poll ram pictured was auctioned at the Ram Sale on Sunday afternoon. Wattlebank Pastoral, Locksley, Victoria paid $2,400 for the ram. Koole Vale sold all 4 rams offered to a top of $2500 with an average of $2275.

CLOSE to a record crowd passed through the turnstiles as Quality Wool and Quality Livestock helped the Australian Sheep and Wool Show celebrate its 140th year in Bendigo last weekend.

More than 30,000 people attended the three-day event held at the Prince of Wales Showground from July 14-16, billed as the biggest show of its type in the world.

Quality Wool was again an exhibitor, entertaining visitors in a marquee shared with Eildon Springs Stud Rams from Lexton, Victoria, as Australia’s top wool growers and prime lamb producers went on display across the weekend.

A strong contingent of Victoria and South Australian representatives were present, comprising of Vallon Gibson, Maurice Jardine, Peter Ryan, Mark Amarant, Brett Johnson, Brett Woods (all Quality Wool) Josh Nourse (Quality Livestock) and National Marketing Manager Alison Tierney.

The event presented a great opportunity to catch up with clients and contacts from across the country, as well as the chance to see the best of woollen fibre and fashion the industry has to offer.

This year’s sheep show featured 2,700 sheep and goats from 400 breeders across 32 breeds, a ram sale offering some of the country’s best modern Merino genetics, and an educational hub to show future producers the avenues available for careers in Agriculture.

 

Vallon pictured with Merle Stirling of ‘Riverview’, Rochester.
The 1800’s Koertz wool press pictured was used at ‘Riverview’ in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
Vallon came across the press during a visit to Merle’s father Colin. Vallon is now in the process of restoring it.

Vallon with the Eildon Springs Stud rams, Lexton, Victoria who we shared our marquee with over the weekend.