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Ewes to shine in Doug Bicket Memorial Ewe Competition

GREAT DAY OUT: Sarah, Robert and young Tristan Watt who had a great time showing their sheep last year. They are pictured with Jacques Cloete from Agriwest Peak Hill. Photo: Submitted
GREAT DAY OUT: Sarah, Robert and young Tristan Watt who had a great time showing their sheep last year. They are pictured with Jacques Cloete from Agriwest Peak Hill. Photo: Submitted

Parkes Show Society is gearing up to stage its annual Doug Bicket Memorial Ewe Competition which will take place this Friday, February 19.

Doug was a tireless worker on the Parkes Show Committee, most particularly in the merino sheep section and had a strong passion for the merino industry. Doug helped launch the competition and was a regular on the bus trip, never short of a story for whoever was lucky enough to be close by.

The seasonal conditions have been outstanding, in stark contrast to the dry times and dust storms of 12 months ago.

While the amazing season has brought with it new challenges in managing sheep, it is sure to have produced some quality lines of young ewes that will present in top condition.

An impressive field of entrants have been assembled, obviously eager to display their flocks in peak condition so the judges are sure to have a tough time reaching agreement over which team is crowned this year's champion.

COMPETITION TIME: All systems go as the ewes at the Westcott family farm are yarded up.

COMPETITION TIME: All systems go as the ewes at the Westcott family farm are yarded up.

The day has grown significantly in recent years with spectators eager to assess a good cross section of merino bloodlines run under a range of management systems and environments.

Industry representatives will be on hand throughout the day to update attendees on all the latest advancements, technologies, markets and management strategies.

Greg Sawyer will be in attendance to speak on the impacts of body temperature on fertility and conception rates after completing a comprehensive study on the topic.

An air conditioned coach has been arranged to ensure spectators are able to travel from property to property in total comfort and allow for stories and experiences to be shared throughout the day.

An invitation is extended to anyone interested in attending this networking day for the merino industry, departure will be 7.30am from the Parkes Town Bowling Club.

The day will conclude with a barbecue tea and presentations to the prize winners.

Cost of the day is $30 which includes the bus trip, morning tea, lunch and barbecue tea.

To register your interest and book a spot please email secretary@parkesshow.org.au or phone Liz on 6862 2580.

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