The first coveted blue ribbons of the 2017 Royal Melbourne Show have been awarded, with the judging of the Royal Melbourne Show Fleece Competition completed at Melbourne Showgrounds on Friday 8 September.
Conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), the Royal Melbourne Show Fleece Competition showcases sheep and alpaca fleeces from across south-east Australia, and incorporates the District Fleece Competition, which celebrates champion fleeces from across Victorian agricultural shows.
Coryule Merinos, Willowvale, Victoria took home Champion Skirted Fleece, with Stud Manager Craig Trickey on hand to accept the award.
Champion Lambs’ Wool was awarded to Mt Challicum’s Doug Hopkins of Buangor, near Ararat and Champion Black and Coloured Fleece was presented to Mrs Helen Wright of Kan-B Colours, Glenlofty.
RASV CEO Mark O’Sullivan said the calibre of entries this year was outstanding, with the competition showcasing the varieties and versatilities of products in the industry.
“We congratulate all the 2017 champions and look forward to showcasing the entries in The Weekly Times Livestock Pavilion at the Royal Melbourne Show,” said Mr O’Sullivan.
The competition enables exhibitors to donate their fleeces for sale, with the proceeds of the sale donated to Legacy and 2017 charity partner, The Otis Foundation Breast Cancer Retreats.
The competition, which is supported by Rodwells, Victorian Wool Processors, Mr Doug Hopkins, Arcadian Wool and Australian Wool Testing Authority presented 28 Best and Champion ribbons across the day, with all fleeces available for viewing at the Royal Melbourne Show, from Saturday 23 September – Tuesday 3 October 2017.