The NSW Dorset Championships in Cowra are heating up, with over $10,000 in prizes and giveaways. The event will be held on the 16th and 17th June at the Cowra Showground for members in the Dorset community.
“The Poll Dorset breed has changed significantly over the years and the quality of the sheep has always been a highlight at Cowra. It is an endorsement to the NSW Dorset breeders to see how they have developed their sheep to meet commercial requirements, and push forward the lamb industry in Australia,” said Chief Steward Roger Traves.
This year’s focus is to celebrate the achievement of Poll Dorset sheep in NSW, with hopes that past and present breeders will come along to support the event. There will be a number of classes to enter includ- ing: Dorset Horns, Poll Dorsets, Groups and Supreme Exhibit.
“We are expecting around 20 studs from across NSW and 180 sheep to be competing in this years event, so there should be some pretty keen competition,” said Roger Traves.
Studs will now be finalising their entries with the closing date fast approaching on June 2nd. The event is looking to be a great success with a lot of interest so far.
“We are hoping to see some new breed- ers and smaller studs enter the restricted class specifically designed for them. The event seems to be pretty consistent with the last few years. The good start to the season should see some good ram lamb and ewe lamb classes,” said Roger Traves.
The event will kick off with judging from 9am on Friday through to midday on Saturday. Both days are open to the public with free entry. The event also coincides with the farmers markets, so it should make for a great day.
As part of the event there will be a dinner on Friday, 16th June from 6.30-7pm at the Lachlan Valley Hotel, for $35 per head. RSVP with payment by Friday, 2nd June to 6342 1977 or firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be an exhibitor’s draw on Saturday at 9am to ensure everyone goes home with something. There are some great prizes to be won so be sure to stick around for that.
Competitions like this wouldn’t be able to happen without the support of many spon- sors.
“We are pleased to announce that Bromar will again be our major sponsor this year, kindly donating a lick feeder as a prize, being to the value of $1,480. With the current weather conditions this will be a valued as- set in any stud,” said Roger Traves.
McClintock Machinery from Canowindra is providing trophies for the prestigious Mixed Pair Class. They have also supplied a heavy duty whipper snipper and a handy tool.
Clipex sheep handling equipment, along with Zoetis Merial and Ceva sheep products will have stands on display and have representatives on hand to advise on their products.
Allan Gray and Co are a proud sponsor of the Bromar Championship and are pleased to have one of the leading stock and station agents of the region associated with the event.