More than 2500 sheep are expected to be on show at this year’s Sheepvention at Hamilton on August 6-7.
The event organiser, the Hamilton Pastoral and Agricultural Society, said more entries were expected in the event’s regular competitions and additional competitions will be held.
The regular competitions of the Ram Sale, the Hamilton and Western District Sheep Show and Victorian Farm Dog and Inventions competitions will be held throughout the event.
Society president Will Kinghorn said Sheepvention was celebrating its 40th event this year so it was expecting a great number of competition entries.
“We have already received additional Ram Sale entries which is very promising. We have a dual feature breed of Texels and Merinos this year.
“The committee felt, given that the Sheep Show was also celebrating 160 years, a feature breed in each pavilion was appropriate.
“We anticipate over 1000 show sheep, with the displays, ram sale and exhibition sites the number will exceed over 2500 sheep present,” Mr Kinghorn said.
“The Young Auctioneers Competition was highly successful last year. The new location of the cattle yards meant the entrants could sell the Emmanuel College steers within the Ram Sale Pavilion.
“The atmosphere created was fantastic, it was electric and it gave the young auctioneers a fabulous experience.
“We are hoping to offer the winner this year the opportunity to actually sell a pen of rams during the Ram Sale. This should be very exciting for everyone involved,” Mr Kinghorn said.
A special pavilion will be created this year to present entries in Sheepvention’s Inventions Competition along with a range of heritage displays and activities. More than $6000 in cash and prizes are on offer in the competition.
School events will be expanded this year with competitions in junior judging, inventions, photography and the Great Lamb Burger Challenge. There will also be a wide range of workshops for children.