WA's top sheep on show

Sophie Clapin, GREAT SOUTHERN HERALDGreat Southern Herald
WA's top sheep on show
Camera IconWA's top sheep on show Credit: Great Southern Herald

Over two days the Rabobank WA Sheep Expo and Ram Sale hosted a range of impressive studs, showcasing the region's top breeds.

Held at the Katanning Ram Pavilion, the event not only gave producers the chance to purchase the State's top rams at the auction on Friday, but also hosted a range of events, including the Merino Show, the inaugural WA State Ag School Challenge and the Rabobank Sundowner.

With 19 rams sold at the auction going for a top price of $19,000 and an average price of $6158, GSMSA president Allan Hobley said the success of this year's event added to the growing synergy in the industry.

"This year we have seen the biggest change, and it is encouraging for the sheep breeders to know this will become a strong annual event," he said.

With more than 70 studs on display, Bridgetown Dorper Stud producer Collin Jeffery said the event was a fantastic opportunity for producers and the region.

"With so many breeds in one location, what we do see are interested farmers taking the time to come and see what is on offer," he said.

"It is all about the sheep and it's a great networking opportunity."

Mr Hobley said the changed layout and event format added an element of professionalism to the event, adding to its success.

"The set-up played a big part - with more than 100 commercial growers our thinking was to create a platform to attract those handling industry-related groups to help make this event a State-based sheep expo," he said.

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