Sheep fair this weekend

May 04, 2017

Cobram farmer Barry Bennett with his pet lamb Big Ears and Red the calf

The 30th Annual Sheep and Wool Fair organised by the Strong Wool Breeders Association will be held at the Benalla Showgrounds on Sunday, May 7.

Judging starts at 8.45am and one entry in the show this year is Cobram farmer Barry Bennett’s Big Ears in the Border Leicester ram under one year category.

Big Ears was an orphan lamb in late September and has already had a colourful career, starring as a cuddly attraction in the Cobram Show animal nursery and as the decoy lamb at the Yarrawonga Football Club Sheep Races in November, leading each Merino wether race, and now he is in the sheep show.

Every morning he comes for his bottle with Red the calf and the other four pet lambs: Jinx, Sparrow, Boss and Smokey.

The fair was started in 1988 by the late Roy Hull, a prominent Romney sheep breeder, with the aim of having only sheep with 30 micron and above wool and was held at the Euroa Showgrounds.

It moved to the Benalla Showgrounds in the 1990s.

Exhibitors come from all over Victoria and southern NSW to show their strong wool sheep breeds: Lincoln, Border Leicester, Romney, Cheviot, Perendale and Drysdale.

Complementing the sheep show is a strong wool and craft exhibition and Junior Wool Classing Competition, along with wool craft stalls, demonstrations and sales.

Photography sections are now included for junior and senior photographers, with entries closing at 8am on the day.

●Entries have been coming in steadily and can be made to John Beattie on 57443058.

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