Hinesville Champion Sale Ram

Drew Chapman of Hinesville Merino Stud won the Champion Sale ram at the Rabo National Ram Sale in Dubbo on 26th August with Nerstane Merino Stud following with the Reserve Sale Ram.

Wurrook wins Ram of Year at Dubbo

Paul Walton of Victorian stud Wurrook, won the Merino Ram of the Year judged at the Dubbo Ram Sale and Show this week.  This completes an exceptional year for the stud which has taken out major honours at both the Australian Sheep & Wool Show, Bendigo and at Hamilton Sheepvention.


Photo courtesy The Land
Paul Walton Wurrook-Photo courtesy The Land
Wurrook Merino Ram of year 2015

Hamilton Sale tops $21,000 for Glen Donald

Hamilton Sheepvention Ram Sale catalogue listed 67 pens of 5 Merino Rams for Sale on Tuesday. Sale average was $2646.

See Terry Sim article below for more information:

IT will be a bit of a homecoming when the top-priced Merino at the Hamilton Sheepvention ram sale arrives in the Monaro region of New South Wales. The $21,000 ram was sold by Landmark for Robert Harding’s Glendonald Merino stud at Nhill at the ram sale yesterday.



Sheepvention Show Awards for Victoria

Grand Champion Ewe: Glenpaen Merino Stud

Victorian stud, Glenpaen continued their success in the show circuit winning the Grand Champion Ewe at Sheepvention with the same ewe that also took out the honours at both the Australian Sheep & Wool show at Bendigo and the Ballarat Sheep Show.

Photo above: Harry Miller Glenpaen Merino Stud with Tom Hawkins,Geelong Football Club and Pat Millear, Judge at Sheepvention

Grand Champion Ram: Wurrook Merino Stud

In a quirky twist, the Grand Champion Ram award was taken out by Wurrook Merino Stud, Rokewood, Victoria, with a long wool Fine wool ram, with a different ram to the winner of both shows at Bendigo and Ballarat.  Orrie Cowie Poll Merinos from South Australia was also a strong challenger in the medium and broader classes with their Poll Merino lineup and won the Reserve Champion Ram of Show.

Photo below: The Champion Ram sashed in the championship lineup at Sheepvention.


Photo below: Reserve Champion Ram awarded to Orrie Cowie Poll Merino Stud, South Australia.



Australian Sheep & Wool Show - Result Snippets


SA premiers at the 2015 National Merino Pair Awards

South Australian stud, Greenfields, won the National Merino Pair judging on Friday night at the Australian Sheep & Wool Show.
Considered the most prestigeous national Merino competition, state finalists included a line up from Merino studs: Greenfields (SA), Nerstane (NSW), Wilgunya (Qld), Navanvale (WA) & Glenpaen (Vic). 
  • 2015 Supreme Merino Exhibit was awarded to Wurrook (Vic), who was earlier judged Grand Champion Superfine Ram of Show.
  • 2015 Grand Champion Merino Ewe awarded to Glenpaen (Vic).
  • 2015 Australian Merino All Purpose Champion awarded to Terrick West (Vic).


  • 2015 Championship Fleece of Show awarded to Trefusis (Tas)  Photo of Georgina Wallace at the Australian Sheep & Wool Show 2015 with the Champion Fleece.


  • 2015 Young Studmaster Achiever Award: Alan Hobley  won from WA.


Agriculture Grants for Women


In 2015 Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across all sectors.

From July 1 2015 the initiative will provide women in the agriculture sector with grants for leadership development. More specifically, grant applications are open to women employed in the agriculture sector at two levels. Please click on the preferred program link for details.

  1. Senior      Management and Executive level Women Leaders can apply      for $12,000 Individual Grants to undertake the Advanced Leadership Program.
  1. Women Managers can      apply for $4,500 Individual Grants to undertake the Accelerated Leadership Performance Program.

Expressions of Interest
To request a Scholarship Grant Application Form or additional information click here.

Should you wish to discuss the initiative in more detail please contact Ian Johnson at the office of the National Industry Scholarship Program, Australian School of Applied Management on 03 9270 9000 or via


World Merino Insight


A new and exciting global sheep industry event to be held September 2016. Designed to run every four years in a biennial rotation with the World Merino Conference, this first World Merino Insight will be a practically-oriented six-day event with the focus being on information exchange and networking with delegates from Australia and across the globe.

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Tasmanian Supreme

Tasmanian Supreme was judged at the Campbell Town Sheep Show 2015 with the winner being Glen Donald Merino Stud, Nhill, Victoria. This same Ram also won the senior champion interbreed competition.

State Finalist - QLD Ram of the year

The Ram of the year state finalist was judged at the Queensland State Sheep show 2015, with the winner being Mt Ascot Merino Stud, Mitchell, Queensland.
They will now go on to represent Queensland for Ram of the year at the Rabobank National Sheep Show, in Dubbo late August 2015.

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State Finalist - QLD Merino Pair 2015

Wilgunya Merino Stud was judged with the winning pair at Goondiwindi this week, the venue for the Queensland State Sheep show 2015. They will represent Queensland in the 2015 National Merino Pairs Competition at this year’s Australian Sheep & Wool Show at Bendigo in July.


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