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WOOL | 16 July 2010

10th Australian Fleece Competition


An ultrafine Merino fleece from Conrayn Merino Stud at Berridale in the Monaro region of New South Wales has taken out the Grand Champion title at the Australian Fleece Competition, currently being held in Bendigo, Victoria.


The Australian Fleece Competition, in its 10th year, is the largest fully measured fleece competition in the world and this year attracted almost 500 entries, from across Australia.


Over 60 per cent of the fleeces are sold at auction after the competition, with this year the Leukaemia Foundation receiving the proceeds, thanks to the generosity of fleece exhibitors.


To determine Australia’s top fleece in the competition, all are weighed and sampled for objective measurement (including length and strength), under standard procedures of the Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA).


This market-focused system is critical, according to the judges; Ken Welsh, Wool Manager for Techwool Trading, and Trevor James, South Australian Wool Manager for Landmark, who between them represent the processor/exporter and woolbroker/grower sectors.


The Grand Champion Fleece was entered by PA & JH Lette, from Conrayn Merino Stud, with a 16.1 micron ultrafine Merino fleece, scoring 94.05 out of a possible 100. The stud also received an award as most successful exhibitor, with all five entries being placed first, second or third.


“We’ve been competing every year since 2004, so we are very excited to have won this year and proud to have come out on top of nearly 500 fleeces,” Peter Lette said.


Glen Brothers Pty Ltd, from Wattlebank Merino Stud at Guildford in Central Victoria won Reserve Champion Fleece, with an 18.1 micron superfine Merino fleece, scoring 93.35 points.


A.R Gunn, “Forton”, at Epping Forest in the Northern Midlands of Tasmania won Champion Commercial Fleece, with a 22.0 micron medium Merino fleece, with a greasy fleece weight of 11.0  kilograms, scoring 92.95 points.


The Australian Fleece Competition is jointly run by Landmark, AWTA and the Australian Sheep Breeders’ Association, involving the support of 29 sponsors and almost 200 exhibitors. It offers a total of $13,000 in prizes, with the award for grand champion fleece being a $1,500 travel voucher sponsored by Landmark and WFI Insurance.


Competition convenor, Athol Frederick from Landmark, said the field was very even this year, with 37 exhibitors sharing the 45 major prizes.


“We have now reached the tenth year of the Australian Fleece Competition, which is about benchmarking and showcasing our wool to the world,” Mr Frederick said.


“We reach new milestones each year and in 2010 for the first time there have been more entries in commercial fleece than stud categories.


“We’ve also raised $47,000 for national charities up to 2009, so when this year’s fleeces are sold I expect to break the $50,000 mark.


“After ten years the Australian Fleece Competition keeps growing because it is based on both commercial and subjective assessment, attracting entries from across Australia in differing climates, and providing clear benefit to wool producers,” Mr Frederick said.


Summary detail for competition winners

AWARD

ENTRANT

PROPERTY/STUD

LOCATION

SPONSOR

Grand Champion

PA & JH Lette

Conrayn

Berridale, NSW

Landmark/ WFI

Reserve Champion

Glen Bros Pty ltd

Wattlebank

Guildford, Vic

Elanco

Champion Commercial

AR Gunn

Forton

Epping Forrest, Tas

Virbac

Reserve Commercial Champion

P & M Seaman

Rosemont

Crookwell, NSW

Aussie Wool Quilts - Boort

Most Successful Entrant

PA & JH Lette

Conrayn

Berridale, NSW

AWTA


 

Judging Schedule (PDF 173 Kb)

For further information -

  • Athol Frederick (Landmark) 0428 510 518
  • Tim Steere (ATWA) 0407 116 416
  • Ken Welsh (Techwool Trading) 0419 095 027
  • Trevor James (Landmark) 0428 967 880


Media Inquiries: Ian Desborough 03 9209 2335 or 0418 853 881

 



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