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WOOL | 15 July 2011

11th Australian Fleece Competition

An Extra Superfine Merino fleece from Yoorooga Merino Stud at Tenterfield, in the Northern Tablelands region of New South Wales, has taken out the Grand Champion Fleece title at the Australian Fleece Competition, currently being held in Bendigo, Victoria.


The Australian Fleece Competition, in its 11th year, is the largest fully measured fleece competition in the world and this year attracted almost 450 entries, from across Australia. It is held in conjunction with the Australian Sheep and Wool Show.


Over 65 per cent of the fleeces are sold at auction after the competition, with this year’s proceeds going to Camp Quality, 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).


The market / processing focused scoring system is unique, and this year’s judges were; Peter Carey, General Manager of Williams Wool, and Trevor James, South Australian Wool Manager for Landmark, who between them represent the processor/exporter and woolbroker/grower sectors.


“Many of the fleeces entered showed signs of an excellent growing season, with well defined crimp and soft handle prominent” Mr James said.


The Grand Champion Fleece was entered by JE & LA Holley, from Yoorooga Merino Stud, with a 16.9 micron Extra Superfine Merino fleece, scoring 95.35 out of a possible 100.


“Lois and I are thrilled to have won the Grand Champion award in the National Fleece Competition. We would like to thank our friends and clients for their continued support, along with Landmark and WFI.” Mr John Holley said.


The winning fleece was shorn from a Yoorooga Stud ewe, bred from a pure Rock Bank flock.


Paul Walton, from Wurrook Merino Stud, Rokewood, in South West Victoria, won Reserve Champion Fleece, with a 16.8 micron Extra Superfine Merino Ram fleece, scoring 93.45 points.


WA & IE Pilchers Myrtle Park, Pilchers Bridge, in Central Victoria, won the Champion Commercial Fleece, with an 18.0 micron Superfine Merino fleece, with a greasy fleece weight of 6.9 kilograms scoring 92.3 points.


The Australian Fleece Competition is jointly run by Landmark, AWTA and the Australian Sheep Breeders’ Association, involving the support of 28 sponsors and 180 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, praised the quality of this years entries, stating that it was difficult to split the winners competing for the 45 prizes on offer .“We have now reached the Eleventh year of the Australian Fleece Competition, which is about benchmarking and showcasing our wool to the world,” Mr Frederick said. “We’ve also raised over $58,000 for national charities in the past 10 years, and this year’s donation to Camp Quality will add substantially to that amount” he said. 


Summary detail for competition winners






Grand Champion

JE & LA Holley


Tenterfield, NSW

Landmark/ WFI

Reserve Champion

Wurrook Estate


Rokewood, Vic


Champion Commercial

WA & IE Pilcher

Myrtle Park

Pilchers Bridge, Vic


Reserve Commercial Champion

J & M Gay

Binda Ponds

Crookwell, NSW

Aussie Wool Quilts - Boort

Most Successful Entrant

M & G Mortlock


Dunluce, VIC



View full list of results and winners


For further information: 

Athol Frederick, Landmark - 0428 510 518
Tim Steere, ATWA - 0407 116 416

Peter Carey, Williams Wool - 0419 095 027

Trevor James, Landmark - 0428 967 880



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