Carleon Park tops fleece awards

Cooma Show - Wool Section Results 2014

This year's Cooma show saw almost 600kg of the region's highest quality Merino fleeces on display - valued at about $5,000.

Ninety fleeces were exhibited by twenty-nine passionate wool growers, and although the number was down slightly on previous years, local support remained strong with only two exhibitors entering fleeces from outside the district.

Carleon Park Merino stud of Bredbo took out a trifecta - winning the Greenland Trophy for Most Successful Exhibitor, the Jemalong Wool Trophy for Grand Champion Fleece of the Show and the Monaro Wool Services award for Champion Open Unhoused Fleece.

Conrayn Merino stud of Berridale also did extremely well, bagging the Greendale award for Reserve Grand Champion Fleece of the Show, the Gordon Litchfield wool award for Champion Open Housed Fleece and the Arable Trophy for Best Exhibit of Three Open Fleeces.

Greg Tozer won the TWG award for Champion Commercial Fleece and the Conrayn Trophy for Best Exhibit of Three Commercial Fleeces.

The Monaro Merino Association (MMA) stud breeders award for Highest Value Open Fleece was won by a 20.9 micron fleece, shorn off a housed ram and exhibited by Guy Evans from Tara Park.

The fleece weighed in at 13.1 kilos and was valued at $108.66.

M A & M L Blyton won the MMA commercial breeders award for Highest Value Commercial Fleece with a 22.0 micron fleece, shorn off an unhoused wether weighing 9.2 kg and valued at $72.74.

Twelve junior exhibitors battled it out for the Ken W Hain Perpetual Trophy, which is awarded to the Champion Junior Fleece.

Tom Alcock of Greenland Merino Stud took home the prize, with a 16.3 micron fleece weighing in at 7kg.

Cooma Show head wool steward Maxine Blyton congratulated Tom Alcock and all the other juniors who entered a fleece.

"As we put this year's show behind us, don't forget to pull out a few fresh fleeces from your next shearing, to enter in the 2015 Cooma Show", Maxine Blyton said.

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