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Australia is the largest producer of wool in the world, with millions of sheep shorn across the country every year!

The woolliest blue ribbon all-stars will compete for glory in The Weekly Times Livestock Pavilion from Saturday 23 – Monday 25 September, with the prestigious All Breeds Sheep Interbreed to take place on Sunday 24 September.

Look out for this year’s sheep feature breed, the Hampshire Down, an old heritage breed dating back to 1861, with a rich dark brown face and matching feet. Can you spot one?

To get even closer to sheep of all breeds and sizes, cuddle a lamb in the Jayco Animal Nursery, try your hand at shearing a sheep in The Farmhouse or stop by The Animal Farmyard in the middle of the Show to see sheep in their paddocks as they would be at home.

WHEN AND WHERE TO FIND SHEEP

Saturday 23 - Monday 25 September
The Weekly Times Livestock Pavilion

Sunday 24 September
All Breeds Sheep Interbreed

Daily

  • The Animal Farmyard
  • The Farmhouse
  • Jayco Animal Nursery

 

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Add to Planner Heritage Sheep Display

The Weekly Times Livestock Pavilion

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10:00am - 6:00pm daily
Ever wondered what makes each sheep breed different? With more than 72 million sheep in Australia, there are breeds of all shapes and sizes. Rams, ewes and lambs will be a part of this display of Australian agriculture's finest, across a variety of breeds. See them up close and learn about the various breeds of sheep found in Victoria.
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The Weekly Times Livestock Pavilion

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  • 23 Sep 9:00am - 6:00pm
Come and see the finest rams, ewes and lambs vie for a champion's ribbon and find out who will be crowned the 2017 Supreme Exhibit for their breed! Breeds being judged at this time include: Black & Coloured, Border Leicester, Corriedale, Damara, Dorper, Dorset Down, East Friesian, Southdown, Lincoln, Merino, Perendale, Poll Merino, Romney, Texel, South Suffolk, Hampshire Down, Suffolks, White Dorper, White Suffolks and Wiltshire Horn.
Add to Planner Sheep: Hampshire Down Feature Show

The Weekly Times Livestock Pavilion

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  • 23 Sep 12:45pm - 4:00pm

The feature sheep breed for the 2017 Royal Melbourne Show is the Hampshire Down. Come and celebrate this amazing English breed with the Hampshire Down Feature Show on Saturday 23 September. The Hampshire Down is one of several breeds evolved in response to the need for more meat in the mid 1800s. They have white bodies with black faces and feet - can you spot one?

Add to Planner Sheep: Poll Dorset Breed Judging (Day 2)

The Weekly Times Livestock Pavilion

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  • 24 Sep 9:00am - 10:00am
Come and see the finest rams, ewes and lambs vie for a champion's ribbon and find out who will be crowned the 2017 Supreme Exhibit for their breed! One of the largest breeds in Australia, the Poll Dorset, will be judged in the morning.
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The Weekly Times Livestock Pavilion

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  • 24 Sep 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Victoria's most prestigious sheep competition will be judged with various breeds vying for a coveted blue ribbon. Sheep will be assessed on a number of criteria to be awarded the grand prize with judges on hand to explain their selection.

Add to Planner Sheep Schools and Youth Competition

The Weekly Times Livestock Pavilion

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  • 25 Sep 9:00am - 1:00pm
Encouraging youth participation in agriculture, watch as students from across south-east Australia representing their schools, put their skills to the test in sheep judging and handling competitions.
Add to Planner ASA Meat Breeds Sheep Judging Championship

The Weekly Times Livestock Pavilion

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  • 25 Sep 9:00am - 10:30am

See the best meat breeds from across the country, as the Royal Melbourne Show welcomes the 2017 Agricultural Shows of Australian National Finals. The event will see the best young talent from across the Australian sheep industry compete in the judging and parading championships on Monday 25 September.

Add to Planner ASA Merino Fleece Judging Championship

The Weekly Times Livestock Pavilion

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  • 25 Sep 12:30pm - 2:30pm
See the best Merino fleece from across the country, as the Royal Melbourne Show welcomes the 2017 Agricultural Shows of Australian National Finals on Monday 25 September.
Add to Planner ASA Merino Sheep Judging Championship

The Weekly Times Livestock Pavilion

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  • 25 Sep 10:30am - 12:00pm
See the best Merino sheep from across the country, as the Royal Melbourne Show welcomes the 2017 Agricultural Shows of Australian National Finals. The event will see the best young talent from across the Australian sheep industry compete in the judging and parading championships on Monday 25 September.
Add to Planner Sheep Shearing Show

The Farmhouse

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10:30am, 1:15pm & 4:00pm daily (approx. 15min plus have a go session)

Australia is the world's largest producer of wool - but have you ever wondered how the wool gets from the sheep's back into your woolly jumper? Watch a real sheep being shorn whilst learning all about wool, why it is so important and how it is graded. Professional shearers will take the crowd through the shearing process fleece by fleece every day. You can even receive a lesson from the master shearers and try your hand at shearing a sheep!

Add to Planner Sheep - Full Timetable and Results

It’s never been easier to find out everything you need to know about the Royal Melbourne Show Sheep competition, with the full schedule, timetable and live results all available in one place! View online

Add to Planner Fleece Competition Display

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10:00am - 6:00pm daily
See the best sheep and alpaca fleece from around the country on display in this blue ribbon competition. The finest fibre will be on show!
Add to Planner Fleece - Full Timetable and Results

It’s never been easier to find out everything you need to know about the Royal Melbourne Show Fleece competition, with the full schedule, timetable and live results all available in one place! View online

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