The focus on this year’s NSW Dorset Championship is to celebrate the achievement of Poll Dorset sheep in NSW.
Chief steward, Roger Traves, said it is hoped that present and past breeders will take up the invitation to attend.
“Bromar will again be our major sponsor and this year the event will be called the ‘Bromar NSW Dorset Championships’,” Mr Traves said. “They are sponsoring the supreme exhibit and have kindly donated a lick feeder as the prize, valued at $1480.”
Mr Traves said the quality of the sheep has always been a highlight of Cowra.
“It is an endorsement to the NSW Dorset breeders to see how they have developed their sheep to meet commercial requirements to push forward the lamb industry in Australia,” he said.
This year there will be an addition of a new class, both in the ram and ewe sections. It is a restricted class limited to a stud with 100 or less registered ewes in their stud.
Mr Traves said he hopes the new and smaller producers take full advantage of this class.
“There are also two Lambplan classes, which was introduced last year, as we are anticipating a larger number of entries at this year’s event,” he said.
“About 180 entries are anticipated for 2017, with nominations already coming in.
“There will be about 20 studs contesting at the championships. Studs are asked to finalise their entries by June 2.”
Judging commences on Friday June 16 at 9am, at the Cowra Showgrounds, and conclude midday, Saturday.