The Queensland State Sheep Show is held each year and travels throughout the Queensland regions to offer local input and variety at each event.
The Queensland Merino Stud Sheepbreeders’ Association (QMSSA) inaugural meeting was held on 7th August during the 1934 Exhibition with a committee of 36 foundation members. Robert P Lord of Victoria Downs, Morven, was the first President of the QMSSA. He suggested that at formal functions after the Royal toast, the next toast should be to the Merino. Such was the regard and importance he felt this animal had to the nation.
Merino sheep have played a huge part in providing employment in the bush and keeping our smaller towns alive. Since the collapse of the Reserve Price Scheme, exodus from the Industry and the increase in wild dog numbers have seen a lot of small to medium towns in the bush suffer. So the resurrection of the wool industry is paramount to the health and wealth of the bush.
All through the toughest period in modern times, Merinos have continued to evolve, remaining current and profitable. The modern Merino is positioned to take advantage of opportunities in the market place from both a meat and wool perspective. Merinos are an environmentally friendly commodity and the ultimate in sustainability, providing multiple income streams and opportunities for producers and communities alike.