Merino stud masters and commercial sheep buyers from all around the country will descend on Burra for the Stud Merino Expo on March 19 and 20.
The format from previous years will continue with on-property displays on Monday, March 19, the AWI-sponsored growers' barbeque on Monday evening from 7pm and the centralised display and competitions held on the Burra Oval on Tuesday, March 20.
Merino SA has called it the state’s premier merino stud display.
Executive officer at Merino SA, Jen Light, said the expo is the perfect place to assess the best merino and poll merino rams the state has to offer.
“It's great for commercial breeders to see them all in one place and speak to stud producers in a relaxed environment,” Jen said.
“It's a very profitable time with fleece values being quite high so we're encouraging people to add more merinos to their mix and this is a great opportunity to look at a range of studs all in one place.”
South Australian merinos and poll merinos have built an enviable reputation both around Australia and overseas for their excellent heavy fleece cuts for wool production, while also boasting large frames for quality sheepmeat.
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Eleven stud operators from the Mid North will open their doors to display their top genetics on Monday from 9.30am including Collinsville, East Bungaree, Glenowie, Greenfields, Gum Hill, Moorundie Park, North Ashrose, Nyowee, Old Ashrose, Pindari and Springvale North.
On Tuesday, March 20, an impressive display of merinos from across South Australia will be seen at the Burra oval with more than 20 studs showcasing their merinos.
A number of competitions will be also held on Tuesday, including the Elders SA merino field day ram of the year and the Elders SA merino championship pair, where the winner will go on to represent the state at the national merino pairs championship, held at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo.
Jen said competition will no doubt be strong again this year with some fantastic prizes up for grabs.
The first prize for the WSB Distributors all purpose pen of two ram lamb championship is a Yamaha Ag125H Motorbike.
“We’re thrilled they are back to sponsor the championship again this year,” Jen said.
Merino SA values the sponsorship provided by Elders, WSB Distributors and Yamaha Motors Australia.
Be sure to let Merino SA know if you can make it to the barbecue so they can confirm numbers, it will be a good opportunity to network with sheep breeders and representatives from AWI.
Call Jen on 8212 4157.