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WOOL | 18 July 2013

Wurrook Wins 2013 Australian Fleece Competition


Thursday 18 July 2013


The Wurrook Merino Stud at Rokewood, Victoria, has taken out the Grand Champion Fleece title at the Australian Fleece Competition in Bendigo with an extra superfine Merino fleece.


The Australian Fleece Competition, now in its 13th year, is the largest fully measured fleece competition in the world, this year attracting 450 entries.


The competition is held in conjunction with the Australian Sheep and Wool Show, which will be held in Bendigo this Friday 19 July to Sunday 21 July.


Almost two thirds of the fleeces on show were donated by exhibitors for auction at the completion of the competition with all proceeds to be donated to this year’s nominated charity, Blaze Aid.


Wurrook’s grand champion 17.3-micron fleece scored 92.95 out of a possible 100 points.


Wurrook principal Paul Walton said he was “delighted” to take out the grand champion title in the highly regarded competition.


A long-time exhibitor, Wurrook has previously won the reserve champion title and this year scored 92.45 with a second fleece.


Peter and Jayne Lette of the Conrayn Merino Stud at Berridale in NSW exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Fleece, scoring 92.70 for their 17.2-micron extra superfine Merino fleece.


The Conrayn Merino Stud was also awarded most successful exhibitor for the second year running.


L Gleeson & Sons of Forest Dale, Victoria claimed the Champion Commercial Fleece sash with a score of 92.4 for their 17.2-micron fleece.


Tianyu Wool buyer Rod McLeish and Landmark/Jacksons fine wool specialist Ted Wilson judged the competition, which they described as demonstrating the ability of stud and commercial breeders of all breeds to produce fleeces of exceptional style and handle.


“The fleeces on display are an exhibition of the best wool characteristics these breeds have to offer,” Mr Wilson said.


Competition convener, Landmark’s Athol Frederick said picking the winning entries was always difficult, a point highlighted by this year’s tight competition where the top six fleeces were separated by just 0.55 of a point.


The Australian Fleece Competition is organised by Landmark, Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA) and the Australian Sheep Breeder’s Association with the support of 28 sponsors and more than 180 exhibitors.


The competition offers $13,000 in prizes, with the grand champion fleece exhibitor collecting a $1500 travel voucher sponsored by Landmark and WFI Insurance.


This year’s competition included the inaugural Performance Class Trial, which caters for exhibitors shearing in six to eight-month cycles commercially.


Nineteen of these fleeces will be on display, with feedback on the trial class invited.


Mr Frederick said this year’s chosen charity was sure to strike a chord with many, given Blaze Aid’s extensive voluntary work to rebuild farm fencing following natural disaster in many rural regional areas of Australia.


“Over the past 12 years, exhibitors in the Australian Fleece Competition have donated more than $83,000 worth of fleeces to national charities,” Mr Frederick said.


All competition fleeces were weighed and sampled for objective measurement (including length and strength), under standard procedures of the AWTA.


For more information on the Australian Fleece Competition, please contact the below.



 Athol Frederick Tim Steere   Ted Wilson​
 Convener, Australian Fleece Competition      AWTA  Fleece Competition Judge, Landmark
 0428 510 518  0407 116 416      0409 368 376​


Visit http://wool.landmark.com.au/australian-fleece-competition/ for further information.

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