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,
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.