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Entries are open for the New Zealand ewe hogget competition.
Now in its 17th year, the competition's objective is to select flock replacements that are likely to be more productive and profitable over their lifetime. National convener Stephen Rabbidge urged all farmers ''with sound management skills'' to seriously consider entering.
The achievements of New Zealand sheep farmers deserved more recognition and acknowledgement and it was pleasing the competition was gaining momentum, Mr Rabbidge said.
Entries close on March 21 with judging the following month. The competition has prizes worth more than $20,000.
The dinner presentation will be held on May 29 at Forsyth Barr Stadium, attended by all breed finalists. The overall winner will host a field day on their property.
Last year's national winners were Preston and Tori Hope, of Deep Stream, in Otago, with their Perendale flock.