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Victorian State Marnoo Merinos Field Day - 23rd of August

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  • Victorian State Marnoo Merinos Field Day - 23rd of August

    Date: 23rd of August, 2019
    Time : 10am to 4pm
    Where: MCG, Marnoo Cricket Ground
    Catering: Yes
    Bar: Yes
    Music: From 4pm

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    Marnoo - A great Merino Sheep area

    By Dwain Duxson

    These things go together, The Barossa & Wine, Tassie & Apples, Casterton & Kelpies, Port Lincoln and Tuna and Rockhampton & Beef. I also have another one for you, Marnoo and Merino Sheep.

    I am partly qualified to talk on this subject having spent my first 38 years on a Sheep Farm there.

    So what makes Marnoo the Merino Sheep capital? Well to me it's a combination of the quality of the Sheep, the soils, the climatic conditions and the people.

    First and foremost, it's the people. Farmers in the area have always been mixed Farmers, and they haven't wavered too much. Other areas not so far away have opted for fence to fence Cropping, but the Farmers around Marnoo have stayed true to their Sheep.

    It's folklore that the Sheep from Marnoo are big and took some shearing, "I remember well shearing those bloody big Wethers at Marnoo, it was hard work" one old Shearer said. So obviously that is where the soil and climatic conditions come in. The Sheep in the area are known to "grow out", more so than other areas. They grow big and fast.

    Genetics also plays a big part. The original Sheep Studs in the area, namely Banavie and Belbourie became parent Studs to many new Studs created in the seventies and eighties in the Marnoo area.

    The late Neil McLennan from Banavie Merino Stud made a small fortune selling $10,000 stud rams to the many daughter studs throughout the district

    These studs collectively now influenced many other studs and flocks throughout Australia and abroad. It's also great to see the original parent stud still going strong in their own right.

    Marnoo went mainstream when they formed their own Marnoo Merinos Group and the first Ram Sale at the famous MCG (Marnoo Cricket Ground) followed in 1987.

    Since then many have branched out to the more trendy on-property Ram Sales and the area now boast some of Australia's largest on-property Sales in dollar terms.

    The area's reputation keeps growing in stature as the dedicated Stud and Commercial Sheep breeders now enjoy record Wool, Lamb and Mutton prices. They are getting rewarded for their persistence and dedication.

    The Marnoo Merino Sheep have changed over the years as the focus is more on early growth for the Lamb markets and faster-growing Wools that can be shorn more readily.

    Although the Marnoo Sheep still retain their size they are much easier to shear these days due to a plainer bodied trend that has swept through the whole industry.

    The history is strong, and the future looks bright for the area, and it's Merino Sheep. With the generous upgrading of the MCG oval and pavilion, the day on the 23rd of August should be a ripper

    Marnoo Field Days expand

    Merino studs from across Victoria will compete for an inaugural and exclusive state title at Marnoo in August.

    The Marnoo Merino Field Day will expand from a its traditional regional focus to a state-wide event on August 23 with more than $10,000 in prizes expected to be offered.

    The competition will see Victoria join South Australia and New South Wales in offering the state-based competition.

    Marnoo Merino Stud Breeders’ Association has held its annual field day for more than 30 years – a close-knit group of 10 studs coming together and building a strong following across Victoria.

    “Victoria hasn’t had a class for the Champion March-shorn Hogget ram so with Marnoo’s strong foundations, the association decided to broaden the scope to invite all Victoria-exclusive studs to join in the field day,” said association spokesman Trent Carter.

    “We’ve already built a successful local event … this will make it even better.”

    “Merino studs can compete at Hamilton and Bendigo sheep shows but there was nothing exclusive for Victorians.

    “This will give anyone looking for proven local Victorian genetics the ability to find everything in the one spot.”

    Studs on display:
    Wurrook
    Melrose
    Glendonald
    Montrose Hill
    Kerrilyn
    Kedleston Park
    Hynam Poll
    Terrick West
    Glenara
    Stud Park South
    Glenpaen
    Banavie
    Longdale Park
    Hannaton
    Koole Vale
    Mount Yulong
    Arapilies Plain
    Tamalueca
    Nareeb Nareeb
    Willera
    Charinga
    Gowandale
    Belbourie
    Oakbank
    Wallaloo Park
    Forest Springs
    Sohnic
    Old Dundee

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    Merino Breeder to compet for inaugural Victorain Title

    Merino studs from across Victoria will compete for an inaugural and exclusive state title at Marnoo in August.

    The Marnoo Merino Field Day will expand from a regional to a state-wide event on Friday August 23, with more than $10,000 in prizes expected to be offered for the best March-shorn Hogget ram.

    The Marnoo Merino Stud Breeders Association is behind the move and expects strong interest in the inaugural Victorian Marnoo Merino Field Day.

    Association spokesman Trent Carter said South Australia and New South Wales have state-based competitions but not Victoria.

    “Victoria doesn’t have a class for the Champion March-shorn Hogget ram so with Marnoo’s strong foundations, the Association decided to broaden the scope to invite all Victoria-exclusive studs to join in the field day,” he said.

    “We’ve already built a successful local event; this will make it even better.”

    The usual September Marnoo Marino Field Day, which has been running for more than 30 years, will be brought forward to Friday August 23 to fit with national shows and sales.

    The event usually attracts 10 local studs but already an additional 15 studs from other parts of Victoria have indicated they will attend.

    “We expect there will be more than 30 Victorian merino studs on the day,” Mr Carter said.

    The event usually attracts 150-300 people and Mr Carter hopes to at least double that number. “We’ll be tripling the number of studs so it will attract a lot more interest and will hopefully continue to grow,” he said.

    Mr Carter said Merino studs could compete at Hamilton and Bendigo sheep shows but there was nothing exclusive for Victorians.

    “This will give anyone looking for proven local Victorian genetics the ability to find everything in the one spot.”

    All studs displaying on the day can show a ram in the competition and the Association hopes to offer more than $10,000 in products and services from major suppliers and sponsors. The event has already attracted support from Victoria’s major stock agents, animal health companies and suppliers.

    “This will be the best opportunity for stud breeders and commercial clients to socialise and look at the leading genetics being offered throughout Victoria,” Mr Carter said.

    “We’ve already had really good feedback to expressions of interest through the state committee.”

    The inaugural Victorian Marnoo Merino Field Day will be from 10am-4pm at Marnoo Events Centre which has had a $300,000 upgrade in the past 12 months with new licensed bar and facilities. The centre is at the Marnoo Cricket Ground.

    Many trade displays will be featured and entry to the day is free.


  • Listed on: Jul 18, 2019
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