Entries are now open for the 2017 Royal Melbourne Show Sheep Competition, with the Hampshire Down Feature Show set to be a highlight of the program.
Conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, the Royal Melbourne Show Sheep Competition promotes and celebrates excellence in sheep breeding, showcasing more than 700 exhibits across various breeds.
With more than $30000 in cash and prizes up for grabs, RASV chief executive officer Mark O’Sullivan said the competition celebrated excellence in stud sheep breeds.
‘‘RASV is committed to supporting the development of the sheep industry in Victoria and across the country by providing exhibitors with credible benchmarking opportunities and feedback from highly respected industry experts,’’ Mr O’Sullivan said.
Judging for the Royal Melbourne Show Sheep Competition will take place in the Livestock Pavilion from Saturday, September 23 to Monday, September 25.
Entries are also open for the Royal Melbourne Show Fleece Competition, showcasing sheep and alpaca fleeces from across south-east Australia.
Each fleece entered in the competition will be judged in early September and will be on display in the Livestock Pavilion at the Royal Melbourne Show.
■Entries for the sheep competition close on Monday, August 14 and can be completed online at: www.rasv.com.au
■Entries for the fleece competition close on Friday, August 11 and more information is available at: www.rasv.com.au