Southern Tablelands Flock Ewe Championship starts March 15

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PROUD MOMENT: Daniel and Brad Cartwright, “Kempton”, Crookwell are presented with their prizes for winning the 2018 Southern Tablelands Flock Ewe Championship by Adele Fiene and Andrew Treweeke from ANZ.

PROUD MOMENT: Daniel and Brad Cartwright, “Kempton”, Crookwell are presented with their prizes for winning the 2018 Southern Tablelands Flock Ewe Championship by Adele Fiene and Andrew Treweeke from ANZ.

The Southern Tablelands Flock Ewe Championship (STFEC) was formed when like-minded people from Boorowa, Crookwell, Gunning and Taralga Flock Ewe Competitions decided, after much discussion, a higher level challenge would further enhance all four groups. 

From that meeting, plans have been put into place to establish where the group is today.

All participants in their local competitions have had the opportunity to improve their flocks over the years through the judges’ comments, listening and learning from graziers in their area and ideas from spectators as their sheep are inspected on property.

“It is a really great chance for graziers to visit someone else’s farm and have a look at how they are operating, have a look over the fence so to speak, and experience something a bit different,” co-ordinator Emily Carlon said.

“It’s also a bit of a mental health day – with the dry conditions this year, the social aspect of it and getting off farm is important.”

The committee of the STFEC believes that with this competition, graziers, both competitors and spectators, will be able to achieve improvement in their individual flocks for personal and financial gain.

It will be held on Friday, March 15 beginning at Gunning then heading to Boorowa, Crookwell and finishing in Taralga. 

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Presentations will follow at the Taralga Sports Club.

For the fourth annual STFEC, ANZ Agribusiness and NSW Stud Merino Breeders Association (SMBA) have returned as major sponsors. 

The support from both organisations has gone above and beyond and the committee looks forward to continuing to grow this relationship in the future.

This year will see the continuation of the junior judging competition that runs alongside the STFEC.

With funding from AWI and SMBA, the competition has had room to grow with four schools competing: Crookwell High School, St Stannislaus College, Mulwaree High School and Trinity Catholic College.

Organisers hope to have over 60 students compete.

Throughout the day various agricultural professionals will speak with students about their careers and diverse pathways.

The committee thanks Ben Watts from AWI running a workshop on the day.

The STFEC is run in conjunction with the Boorowa Show Society, Crookwell AP&H Society, Gunning PA&I Society and Taralga AP&H Association and the committee thanks them all for their continued support of their successful individual competitions which have enabled the Southern Tablelands Flock Ewe Championship to continue.