Otago-Taieri A&P Society president Wayne Smaill with a
fleece entered in this week's Mosgiel competition. Photo by
Some of the best fleeces in the nation will be on show in
Mosgiel on Friday.
Members of the public are welcome to view prize-winning
entries at the Royal Agricultural Society of New Zealand's
national Golden Fleece competition.
Hosted by the Otago-Taieri A&P Society, the competition
attracted about 95 entries, which was about 20 fewer than
last year, RAS executive member Kelly Allison said.
The competition is held for two years running in host centres
and next year will head to Oxford.
Mr Allison was not sure why numbers were lower in the
competition which, despite being national, mainly attracts
South Island entries.
''We're pretty happy with the entry level. There'll be good
competition in most classes.
''I'm sure the quality will be exactly the same as last year,
in terms of the winning fleece in each section.''
Categories included both fine and strong wool, with the
supreme strong and fine fleeces receiving $1000 each.
Guest speaker at the dinner on Friday night is Mark Shadbolt,
a Banks Peninsula sheep farmer. Mr Shadbolt, who recently
featured on Country Calendar, is managing director of Banks
Peninsula Wool Growers Limited, which aims to increase the
value of the area's strong wool.
Doors at the Mosgiel showgrounds open about 4pm for viewing
of the fleeces, which will be judged before the event.
Presentations start about 5.30pm, which the public can also