WIMMERA sheep producers are set to showcase their prized flocks at next week’s Sheepvention in Hamilton.
Buoyant wool and prime lamb prices will ensure continued confidence when the industry comes together to showcase some of the best available sheep genetics and innovations at the event.
Celebrating 40 years since the field days inception, the event will be held on August 6 to 7 at the Hamilton Showgrounds. In addition, the Hamilton Pastoral and Agricultural Society will commemorate 160 years of the annual sheep show which is held as part of Sheepvention.
Hamilton Sheepvention business manager Peta Anderson said this year’s event promised to be the biggest and best yet.
“Interest in this year’s event, particularly as Sheepvention is celebrating 40 years, has been very high from both breeders and industry exhibitors,” she said.
“It has been a positive year for the sheep and wool industries which certainly flows onto Sheepvention, we are anticipating a great show and attendances by visitors.”
Wimmera farmers are expected to flock to the popular event, including Antwerp’s Mertex Texel and White Suffolk Stud.
Following success at the recent Australian Sheep and Wool Show, principal Tim Joregensen said he hoped Sheepvention would be a triumph for the stud.
”Hopefully we’ll come home with a few ribbons, but you never know what the judges’ views will be on the day,” he said.
St Helens Plains’ Aurora Park Hampshire Down owner Mathew Hill said he was also going to Sheepvention.
Sheepvention celebrations kick off with a special dinner on Saturday, August 4, at the showgrounds.
The evening will include a three course meal, drinks and entertainment with local identity, James Freemantle from Red Gum Media, emcee for the night.
Sheepvention president Will Kinghorn said the organising committee was looking forward to welcoming back as many people as possible who have been involved in Sheepvention during the past four decades.
A special program of events has been planned to celebrate the 40-year history of Sheepvention which will run throughout the two days.
It includes a special marquee featuring historical memorabilia, old inventions, heritage items, garments from the fashion parades and photographs.