PRIME lamb producers and interested breeders will be given another option next week when they will be able to view and purchase stud and commercial Australian White rams and ewes at the inuagural National Australian White Show and Sale.
To be held at the Dubbo Showgrounds Friday October 21, 2016, the event will be presented by the National Australian White Sheep Society Limited.
It will be the first time in Australian history that the breed is exhibited and sold in the one day at the one venue.
Chairman of the National Australian White Sheep Society, Alan Baron, Highveld International stud, Mandooran, said the event came about when the members of the National Australian White Sheep Society felt that it was time to hold the first event of this type.
“Other breeds have national show and sales, but because the Australian White is a new breed it’s been sold primarliy by on-farm production sales of the various Australian White breeders around the country,” Mr Baron said.
Mr Baron said the studs within the National Australian White Sheep Society decided a national show and sale event needed to be held so that the buyers could come to one place to look and buy.
“Interested buyers and potential breeders have the opportunity to see the animals that are shown in the breed, see who the winners are, see what the bloodlines are and then be able to buy most of those animals at auction,” Mr Baron said.
“Rather than having to go to five different on-property sales there will be a place where they can go to see the best of the studs have to offer.”
Judging will commence at 8.30am, Friday October 21, beginning with ewe classes followed by ram classes under a two-judge system.
The judges for the inaugural Australian White National Show and Sale will be well known White Dorper and Australian White breeder, Philip van Schalkwyk of Rocky Glen and James Frost of Hillden Poll Dorset stud, Bannister.
The sale is set to commence at 3pm in the afternoon.
Nine vendors will be offering 20 stud rams, 60 flock rams and 25 stud ewes.
All animals are weighed and scanned on the Thursday afternoon for eye muscle, fat and growth for age.
The 2016 annual general meeting will be held at the Westside Tavern, Dubbo on Thursday, October 20, commencing at 6.30pm.
The sale will be conducted by Landmark Dubbo, for more information contact John Settree on 0408 297 368.