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    The Rabobank National Merino Sheep Show and Ram Sale, Dubbo, is the most

    prestigious Merino show in the country. It draws exhibitors and buyers from across

    Australia and overseas.


    President's Welcome 2015

    You are invited to Dubbo in August and once again the invitation offers something for

    everyone involved in the Merino industry.

    As many of you would know the Rabobank National Merino Sheep Show and Sale has been

    running for over 50 years at the Dubbo Showground.

    It is humbling to report that we are continuing the upbeat, positive vibe of recent years. The

    new additions to the event have been widely embraced which means they are all returning

    again this year.

    A major element is the sheep show and we're expecting a good roll-up of competitors with

    around 700 sheep coming from all around the country, making for a truly national event.

    Many come to Dubbo so they can talk to the stud breeders and see their displays. In recent

    years I am pleased to say the number of studs involved has increased and we certainly

    attract the majority of the major players within the industry. It provides a good opportunity for

    people to see a big variety of first-class genetics all under the one roof.

    There's no doubt that Dubbo can lay claim to one of the country's leading ram sales with

    buyers and sellers travelling Australia-wide to attend. There is also the occasional overseas

    buyer. While we do sell rams which make some of the highest prices in Australia there are

    always plenty of quality rams at affordable prices. Last year the average sale price was

    $4669 with prices starting at $1000. The top price for 2014 was $25,000 - well done to Orrie

    Cowie. It is great that Bromar will be giving away two feeders for the third consecutive year.

    Don't forget, if you buy a ram and have it shorn, you could be in with a chance to win $2000

    cash if your new ram is judged with the highest commercial value.

    It was only two years ago that we introduced the Farm Expo, offering field day-style sites.

    This Expo has fitted in nicely to become a great value-add to the overall event. People are

    taking advantage of a one-stop shop with businesses on hand to discuss their rural goods

    and services. I encourage you all to visit these sites while at Dubbo and show support to

    businesses that support our industry.

    The Flock Ewe competition, designed specifically for the commercial producer, is returning

    for its second year. It is pleasing that the major sponsors, Jemalong Wool and Clipex, will

    again be supporting the competition. This enables the committee to offer excellent prizes

    with cash and a drafting module available.

    There's the social event of the year with the cocktail party where the Rabobank Australian

    Supreme Merino Ram is named. The fleeces are also well worth seeing and we're expecting

    big things in that section after last year's entries hit a record number just shy of 200. This

    year, people can donate their show fleece to our chosen charity, Tractor Trek, which

    fundraises for Camp Quality, the Children's Family Cancer Charity.

    We also have the next generation battling it out in the School Wether Challenge and Merino

    and Fleece judging competitions. We're giving the next generation a wealth of experience

    and later on they may join our industry.

    I would like to acknowledge our major sponsor Rabobank, and all our sponsors, supporters

    and visitors without whom we couldn't run the event. Dubbo really does tick all the boxes.

    This will be my last year as President with my three-year term coming to an end. I look

    forward to seeing you at Dubbo.

    Stuart McBurnie



    Monday 26 November 2012
    After two days of meetings last week, the council of the NSW Stud Merino Breeders’ Association (SMBA) has expressed serious concerns about the manner in which Animal Health Australia is managing the OJD programme.

    On Thursday, the SMBA council also met with senior representatives of WoolProducers Australia to discuss the ongoing debate of the management of OJD and the radically changed plan with a start-up date of 1 January.

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