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2012 Holbrook Sheep and Wool Fair

The Holbrook Sheep and Wool Fair took place on the 12-15 June this year. Over 160 students from

11 schools (NSW and Vic) attended for workshops and interschool competition on Wednesday, with open judging Thursday and interbreed finals held Friday.

Ballarat Grammar saw excellent results, including top achievements of all major ribbons and most successful exhibitor in Corriedale section, champion interschool group of three, reserve champion interschool ram, champion dual purpose ram (open comp), champion dual purpose group (open comp) and the G & L Lieschke Trophy for the best maintained school team. Staff in attendance with the students included Alan Preston, Matt Dickinson and Georgie Buntine.

Mr. Dickinson said the event has proved valuable to Ballarat Grammar. “Attending this event gives our sheep an outing prior to the three big shows in July and August. It lets us know how our sheep are looking and which ones to enter in the different classes,” he said.

“Holbrook, as an event, is geared specifically to students. All the big Riverina schools are there. They are very professional in the way they prepare their animals and the way they look and behave. As a school, we have learnt and developed quickly, being a relatively new school to showing, by competing against these schools.

“We also get to promote the Corriedale breed, particularly the benefits of a dual purpose breed, in a predominately meat sheep arena.”

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About the Breed

The Corriedale was simultaneously evolved in both Australia and New Zealand about 1874 by selectively breeding from cross bred progeny of pure Merino and Lincoln sheep.

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