The Strong Wool Breeders Association held a successful sheep fair at Benalla recently.
The fair, held at Benalla Showgrounds on May 6, attracted exhibitors from Henty, Walla Walla, Kyneton, Yarrawonga, Barooga and Benalla areas.
The highlight of the day was the awarding of two life memberships recognising the service of Helen Harker of Dookie and Wendy Beer of Benalla.
Ms Beer’s Drysdale ram won the Best Head trophy and the Meg Miller Grass Roots Magazine award, and she also showed the English Leicester champion ram and ewe.
Judges were Bruce Starritt, Robert Hooper and Jason O’Loughlan.
Mr Starritt, from Kelso Border Leicester Stud, officially opened the fair at lunchtime.
The Australian Stud Sheep Breeders Association Grand Champion Exhibit Trophy, presented by ASSBA secretary Karen Bond, was won by Sandy and Susan Campbell of Benalla for their Border Leicester ewe from their Supreme Interbreed Champion Ram.
They also won the Roy Hull Trophy Group of Four Sheep, Brooks Transport Group of Three Sheep (any age) and the Jack Lilford Memorial Trophy Best Border Leicester Exhibit.
The Best Woolled Sheep in Show and the Kaehlou English Leicester Award were won by Barry Bennett of Barooga with a Border Leicester ewe lamb.
The Murray Valley Rural Services Perpetual Trophy for one ram and two ewes under one year bred by an exhibitor was won by Paul Jarick with his Lincolns from Walla Walla. He also won Reserve Champion Interbreed Ewe.
Reserve Interbreed Ram was won by Esdale Lincoln Stud of Yarrawonga.
The Aurthur Evans Memorial Shield for the Highest Point Scoring Fleece of the Fair was John and Alice Beattie of Yarrawonga with a Lincoln ram fleece with 84 points.
Wool judge was Stuart Green.
Hay Access Yarrawonga sponsored the Junior Wool Classing Competition, which was won by Jess Parker of Goorambat; second was Emelia Berhulst of Yarrawonga and third was Jack James of Bungeet.
Best Woolcraft Exhibit went to Wendy Beer and Best Exhibit in Photography to Jane Boswell.