ANZ AGRIBUSINESS FLOCK EWE COMPETITION 2017
On behalf of the organising committee I invite you to enter the flock ewe competition for 2017.
The dates for next year’s judging are confirmed for Wednesday 18th January and concluding Thursday 19st January 2017 with presentations to follow at 7.00pm that evening at the Crookwell Hotel. Ben Patrick from Yarrawonga Merino Stud will be the returning judge with our second judge yet to be confirmed.
Attached with this letter are the Conditions of Entry and an Entry Form. Please ensure that you have read and understood the Conditions of Entry and that your form is filled out in full to give the judges a complete picture of your operation.
On the reverse of the Entry Form there are some questions that we ask each entrant to answer. This information will be passed onto the judges for their own use prior to the on-farm visits. The information on the reverse side will not be appearing in the books.
Earlier this year saw the inaugural Southern Tablelands Championship held, this event was a resounding success and will be held again Friday 17th March 2017. Crookwell will be the host for the 2017 Regional Competition. Other competitions to check out are, Gunning - Friday 10th February, Boorowa - Friday 17th February and Taralga – Tuesday 28th February 2017
I would suggest that entries are posted back quickly as numbers are limited to allow us to get around the area within the two days. Entries close 30th November 2016.
Entry for the 2017 Flock Ewe Competition is $50.00 (Cheque payable to Crookwell A.P & H Society).
Please send completed entry forms with payment to;
Flock Ewe Competition
C/- Michael Lowe
645 Binda Rd.
Crookwell NSW 2583
Entries Close 30th November 2016.
20th September 2016
CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
1. The competition is open to any person, partnership or company; provided the sheep exhibited have been bred on the property of that person, partnership or company and the property is in the Crookwell region. For boundary clarification please contact the Chief Steward.
2. The sheep exhibited must have been running on the property of the entrant for the full twelve months and must carry the registered earmark of the entrant.
3. Sheep entered in the competition must not carry more than twelve months wool. Rugging and/or pampering of sheep included in the entry is not allowed. If, in the opinion of the judges and/or committee other non-commercial practices have been carried out, they may disqualify that entrant from participation in that year’s competition. The judge and/or committee’s decision will be final.
4. To compete, all “classed in” maiden merino ewes of the same drop showing no more than two(2) permanent teeth must be available for judging. A minimum of 50 ewes are required to compete.
5. Teams will be judged on the following scale:
Wool quantity for type 50 points
Wool quality & character for type 50 points
Conformation, Structure, Size for type 50 points
Commercial Qualities 25 points
Culling percentage 25 points
Total 200 points
6. Each exhibitor must complete an entry form. A fee of $50.00 will be charged to assist in covering costs, and payment must accompany the entry form.
7. On the day of judging all maiden ewes must be presented as one mob in a yard for judging with access to a drenching race. The judges will instruct when to fill the race for further inspection.
8. In addition, entrants will be required to display their top five ewes in a separate pen on judging day. This gives each entrant an opportunity to present the direction of their breeding operation and to give the judges an idea of where the breeder wants to be in their enterprise in the future.
9. Exhibitors shearing after 1st December 2016 are entitled to present 10% (to a max of 50 head) of their maiden ewes in full wool for judging. Apart from the exhibitors top five these should be a random selection.
10. Eight finalists will be announced in no particular order at the presentation evening.
Four finalists will be from entries shorn before 1st September 2016 and four finalists from entries shorn between 1st September 2016 and 18th January 2017. First to Fourth placings will be awarded in each category at the Crookwell Show with the highest scoring flock being awarded the Champion Prize.
11. All entrants (or a representative) are required to attend the presentation evening at the Crookwell Hotel on Thursday 19th January 2017. Presentations will be held at 7.00pm.
12. Five ewes from each of the eight finalists must be displayed at the Crookwell Show, where the placings will be announced on Sunday 5th February at 1.00pm. Display is from 9.30am to 3.30pm. A National Vendor Declaration and National Sheep Health Statement must be provided prior to displaying ewes at the show.
13. Any person, partnership or company, who is a registered stud of the N.S.W Stud Merino Breeders Association or who has bred and then sold or traded merino rams to another merino enterprise within the last five years, will be ineligible to enter the competition.
14. If joining is in progress the exhibitor may leave the rams in if they desire.
15. Exhibitors will be required to provide some basic information, as per Entry Form details, regarding the sheep and property operation on the day of inspection.
16. Standard culling percentage of approximately 30% is deemed acceptable in the commercial sheep industry. Extremes above or below may incur penalties where the judges see fit.
17. All decisions and judgments made by the committee will be final.
Champion Maiden Ewes
$500 ANZ Agribusiness
1st Prize: $500 ANZ Agribusiness
Spring Shorn Section
1st Prize: $500 ANZ Agribusiness
Cash prize donated by Australian Wool Network.
Award to acknowledge continued support of the Flock Ewe Competition to an exhibitor who has not received a top five placing after three years of entry.
Judges Pen of Five
Award for the best presented pen of five ewes on farm
Future Development Award
$50 voucher donated by Southern Tablelands Fibre Testing.
People’s Choice Award
People’s choice of the best pen of ewes displayed at the Crookwell Show.
Top Five Prize
Awarded to the person who selects the top five flocks as announced at the conclusion of judging.
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