Conrayn fleece takes Canberra grand champion

Grand champion fleece at Canberra to a Berridale entry

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Royal Canberra Show fleece head steward, Stuart Sutherland, displays the Lette Family's grand champion fleece, from their Conrayn stud, Berridale.

Royal Canberra Show fleece head steward, Stuart Sutherland, displays the Lette Family's grand champion fleece, from their Conrayn stud, Berridale.

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Entries in the fleece section were consistent despite the drought and tough seasonal conditions.

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Fleece section steward Stuart Sutherland was pleased with the level of entries at the 2020 Actew AGL Royal Canberra Show when woolgrowers across the Southern Tablelands, South West Slopes and Monaro entered 75 fleeces for the competition.

"I was delighted woolgrowers could commit to supporting this show, especially in light of drought and fires," Mr Sutherland said.

"The wool was as good as anything I have seen here at the show which is a credit to the growers."

The competition was judged by Chris Drum, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Cootamundra.

"There was very good selection of fleeces and the quality throughout was consistent with bright, well defined wool typical of those grown across the Monaro and southern areas," he said.

"There was good density and reasonable weights and a good return for the growers."

Mr Drum complimented woolgrowers and said they should be proud they are able to present such wonderful wool through a tough season.

Grand champion fleece of the show, which had been previously judged champion ewe fleece housed, was exhibited by Pete, Jayne and Cade Lette, Conrayn, Berridale.

The long stapled and deep crimped, soft-handling fleece measured 16.9 micron, 2.5-micron standard deviation (SD) with a 100 per cent comfort factor (CF).

Valued at $115.44, it had a 74 per cent yield.

Reserve champion fleece of the show was also a ewes fleece exhibited by the Lette family.

It had been judged reserve champion ewe fleece house and measured 18.9 micron, 2.6-micron SD and with 99.7pc CF.

The fleece was valued at $91.45 and had 71pc yield.

The champion commercial value fleece was exhibited by Anthony Selmes, Crookwell, when his fleece weighing 8.9kg with 68pc yield was valued at $116.15.

Measuring 20 micron it had 3.6-micron SD and 99.2pc CF.

The champion ewe fleece, commercial was exhibited by Joe Green, Nimmitabel.

His fleece weighed 6.4kg, and measured 18.3 micron with a 99.7pc CF.

It was valued at $87.55 with yield of 72pc.

The champion commercial value fleece, housed was entered by the Lette family, Conrayn, Berridale.

Weighing 11kg with 70pc yield, it was valued at $151.70.

The fleece measured 17.7 micron, 3.2-micron SD and 99.7pc CF.

Don Southwell, Carleon, Bredbo, a longtime supporter of the wool section was the most successful exhibitor.

Black and Coloured Fleeces.

Steward Anne Barnes, Werowna Park Black and Coloured Merinos, Yass with one of the 77 entries in the 23rd National Black and Coloured Fleece Competition.

Steward Anne Barnes, Werowna Park Black and Coloured Merinos, Yass with one of the 77 entries in the 23rd National Black and Coloured Fleece Competition.

The 23rd National Black and Coloured Fleece competition was held in conjunction with the 2020 Actew AGL Royal Canberra Show and steward Anne Barnes reported 77 entries and the breeds represented included Merino, Corriedale, Lincoln, Bond, Leicester, Polwarth and Comeback.

Nigel Bain, Schute Bell Badgery Lumby, Gunning representative and John Gray, Schute Bell Bagery Lumby, Bathurst representative were the judges.

"There was a lot of good fleeces with a wide range of types, everything from superfine Merino through to strong wool Lincoln fleeces with lustre and great handle," Mr Gray said.

Supreme Black and Coloured fleece was awarded to the Merino finewool fleece, weighing 4.7kg with 76 percent yield exhibited by Anne Barnes, Werowna Black and Coloured Merinos, Yass and grown from one of her ewes.

Reserve champion fleece was from a Comeback ram and exhibited by Helen Wright, Kan-B Colours, Glen Lofty, Victoria.

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