ANZ Agribusiness

Flock Ewe Competition

On farm judging
Matt Coddinton
Top 5

On behalf of the organising committee I invite you to enter the Merino Ewe Competition for 2020.


The dates for next year’s on-farm judging are confirmed for Wednesday 22nd January and concluding Thursday 23rd January 2020, with presentations to follow that evening at the Crookwell RSL Club.

Georgia Walters “Merani Park” Dalgety will be our returning judge. Georgia will be joined by James Barron from “Adina Merino and Poll Merino Stud” Cooma. We look forward to welcoming both of them to Crookwell for our Competition.


A follow-up on the presentation by Wal Merriman after judging in January this year, the Commercial Merino Ewe Competitions have now been given representation on the Wool Industry Consultative Panel (WICP) giving all growers entering Ewe Competitions around the country membership to this group. The WICP will provide advice and feedback directly to Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) therefore enabling industry feedback to be considered in AWI’s decision-making.

Ally Jaffrey has accepted the role of Secretary on the Commercial Merino Ewe Competitions Committee. Our Crookwell committee will liaise with Ally regarding issues as they are raised so I encourage entrants to contact a committee member, or Ally by email;, to share your views and priorities on the future of the industry.

Related to this is the addition of a new question on the entry form. The Commercial Merino Ewe Committee need to know exactly how many sheep they represent, so when answering the “Total number of Sheep Shorn” question please include all sheep you have shorn on your property i.e. anything you have paid a wool levy on.

Linked above 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.

Presentations will be held at the Crookwell RSL Club on the evening of 23rd January, at the conclusion of judging. Please return the slip below to indicate the number of persons attending; further details regarding cost etc. will follow as details are finalised.


The A.P & H Society has recently updated the Show Website and the Ewe Competition has a dedicated section within it. The website now has online payments available for entry fees and show tickets if you wish to do so.

For access to all forms and other details visit 


Entry for the 2020 Flock Ewe Competition is $50.00

(Cheque payable to Crookwell A.P & H Society or payment accepted online).


Please send completed entry forms to;

Flock Ewe Competition

C/- Michael Lowe

645 Binda Road

Crookwell NSW 2583

Entries Close 30th November 2019.


Kind Regards,


Shannon Arnall

Chief Steward

11th October 2019

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 2018 are entitled to present 10% (to a max of  50 head) of their maidenewes 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 2018 and four finalists from entries shorn between 1st September 2018 and 23rd January 2019. 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 RSL Club on Thursday 24th January 2019. 

12. Five ewes from each of the eight finalists must be displayed at the Crookwell Show, where the placings will be announced on Sunday 10th February 2019 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
Open Section

1st Prize: $500 ANZ Agribusiness
2nd Prize
3rd Prize:
4th Prize:
Spring Shorn Section

1st Prize: $500 ANZ Agribusiness
2nd Prize:
3rd Prize:
4th Prize

AWN Award

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.

Crookwell A.P.&H. Show

Showground Lane, Goulburn Street and East Street

Crookwell NSW 2583

© 2019 by Sarah Lowe


The A. P & H Society Secretary can be contacted by completing the form below or by calling 0487 863 289 one week before or after Showtime.