In Among The Wool

This collage is inspired by the Australian Sheep and Wool Show which is held annually in Bendigo in July.

The Sheep Show has been running since 1877 to showcase Australia’s top wool growers and prime lamb producers.

The promoters of the three day event in its modern form, bill the show as ‘the largest event of its type in the world.’ Whatever the truth of that claim is, it is undeniable that at the show, wool is king and merino rams are lords.

In addition to sheep bred for wool, there was a large area devoted to prime lamb breeds. Dorper lambs are so appealing especially when they are wearing small coats to keep warm.

It is possible to attend the Australian Sheep and Wool Show and not look at a sheep. The many wool craft sheds are thronged with people who have a passion for fashion and the fibre crafts – spinning, weaving, dying, knitting, crocheting and felting.

This year’s show had the added bonus of being the venue for the National Yard Dog Championships so it was kelpie heaven. I found it exciting to watch the kelpies herding sheep through a course of enclosures, gates and ramps under the direction of their handlers.

I spent most of my time in the sheep sheds where I was easily entertained. I was amused watching the rams being taken to their appointed spots for judging as some had no intention of going quietly. Some roared as their owners held them firmly under their chins as they awaited the judges. Young owners lining up roughly 20 lambs for judging was a hoot. It was heartening to see so many young people training to be farmers.

I especially admired the coloured sheep with their long ringlets. Some were tame and were happy to accept pats from admirers.

 

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4 Responses

  1. Sounds like a great day out……interesting, entertaining ……… love the collage!!!!

    • Thanks Jennie. The show has an interesting blend of farming folk and the artsy crafty crowd coming together at the one event.
      I found the sheep sheds were warm, dry and not as crowded as the woolcraft sheds.
      I made the collage as I found it too difficult to take photographs on the day. Too many railings and people and animals milling about.

  2. Sounds like a fun time! I’d love to visit one someday if I ever get the chance

    • Hi Russel, One of the nice things about living in this region is I get to spend time exploring the attractions and events over a long period of time. There is always plenty to do and see.
      I guess the same is true for where you live.

      Being a tourist usually means you are only passing through and so you only catch a few highlights.

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