Inaugral Peppin-Shaw Ewe Forum Triumphs
By Sally Ware, Committee member
Despite the Hay district officially recording the lowest rainfall in the State in 2014 and parts of the district receiving even less, the inaugural Peppin-Shaw Riverina Ewe Flock Forum was a great success with excellent crowd support and well presented ewes on display.
President David Rankin said there were many highlights seen over the two days but full credit goes to the nine property owners and managers that stepped up and put their ewes on display despite the dreadful seasonal conditions.
“We travelled right across the Hay district from Carrathool to Gunbar to west of Booligal and nearly to Coleambally and Conargo in the south witnessing some very dry properties. Despite this, each property owner was working hard to maintain their sheep in the best possible condition”.
A crowd of over 130 people turned up at Wyvern on Day One (Tuesday) to inspect sheep presented by Manager Scott Dixon and owner Michael Field and to hear Roger Fletcher from Fletcher International Exports speak in the new shed. The majority of this crowd followed on for the rest of the day as the buses moved to Peter Lawrence’s property “Amoila” and to the Booligal hotel for a bbq lunch supplied by the Booligal P & C.
The children from the Booligal school presented Roger Fletcher with a jar of pickles from their school garden and some Fletcher donated meat was auctioned with all proceeds going to the school. In the afternoon, the buses headed out west to “Yamba” owned by the Morphett family and returned via an inspection of the 101 year old Alma woolshed to the Turner family’s property “Woorandara”. After this it was back to the Booligal hotel to wrap up the day with the very popular Bayer sponsored drinks and hot lamb rolls cooked by the Booligal Hall Committee.
Day Two (Wednesday) saw the bus travel out to Burrabogie to view ewes presented by David Marshall and his staff at sunrise before moving down to Cooinbil to view a 20 stand shearing shed in action including scanning and dipping off the board. Next stop was the historic property Willurah, where Manager James Maslen and his staff presented their young ewes in portable yards followed by a tour of the shearing shed. Karl and Will Hookes’ property Wargam was the next stop, including lunch supplied by the Booroorban Social Club before finishing at the Matthew’s property Bedarbidal.
A registration and windup night was held at the Waradgery Club before and after the event and there were many guest speakers on the buses including Mark Bazeley from Riverina Wool, Roger Fletcher, Tim de Mestre, CEO of Paraway NSW, Matt O’Dwyer and Suzie Holbery, new district vet and biosecurity officer from Riverina LLS respectively and many sponsor representatives and locals.
We urge all entrants and guests who attended to please provide us with feedback on the two days, website and booking process via email to the Secretary.
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