It’s been a number of years since the Guyra Show has been able to run its Sheep Section. This year, Ellie Noon has taken on the job of Head Steward.
Entries have officially closed, but you can still call Ellie if you wish to exhibit on 0459 999 355.
Ellie said that entries have been mostly from the New England and North West, including Inverell, Bundarra and Warialda as well as local exhibitors.
The Sheep Show will take place on Friday, February 21 only showing Dorper and White Dorper breeds because they are an increasing part of the sheep industry.
“There has been a lack of interest from Merino and other traditional breeders and that’s part of the reason to go with meat breeds,” Ellie said.
At the Bundarra Show held earlier this month, Guyra locals, Sharon Bowles and Hilton Noon of the Hillsborough Stud led the way for the New England, winning both the Senior Champion and Reserve Senior Champion White Dorper Ram categories, and then taking out the Reserve Grand Champion White Dorper Ram.
The Judge will be Justin Kirkby from Gravesend.
All nominations are accepted on the basis that all mandatory requirements are met by the exhibitor. For disease control, Ovine Brucellosis, Footrot and Johnes Disease, Johnes Disease Status – MN1 or MN2 Declarations must accompany each entry.
All sheep must be ovine brucellosis free, footrot free and papers must be sighted before sheep are unloaded. MN1 and MN2 sheep will be penned separately to all other sheep.
Ellie extended her thanks to Landmark Guyra and Mark Brazier for their support and donation of prizes.
If anyone is interested in the Dorper breeds and would like to help out, Ellie will make you very welcome.