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What value is there in a ewe competition? | The Land

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People just love opening the wool to determine their critique of entries. This is a typical scene at any Merino field day flock inspection prior to judges giving their opinions.

People just love opening the wool to determine their critique of entries. This is a typical scene at any Merino field day flock inspection prior to judges giving their opinions.

HALFWAY through the summer Merino ewe competitions and the temperatures have been quite bearable compared to this time last year, although we did slip and slide a bit at Lake Cargelligo after some beautiful rain the night before.

I’ve been attending these since 2006 after I rejoined The Land from a spell in the stud cattle publicity game and hotel industry, so, now I feel it’s appropriate to look into the value of these competitions. What do people get out of opening their property to visitors to view maiden ewes at 18 to 21 months?

They invite many strangers and…



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