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It never rains but it pours: 2018 New England Field Day Report

It never rains but it pours.....

At least that's how it felt (both literally & figuratively) when the New England Merino Field Days rolled around again on 12th and 13th January. In the week leading up to field days not only were we busy weaning at Stanley Vale but we also had (a very welcome) 50mls of rain fall during preparations for the field days.

Weaning at Stanley Vale, Jan 2018. Before 50mls of rain fell

We were blessed with good weather on the Friday and Saturday and numbers were up on previous years with visitors coming every state to visit the 19 participating studs.

The Friday night saw field day guests vote for the inaugural "Peoples Choice" Ram. It was taken out by Airlie Merino and Poll Merino stud with a July 2016 drop ram, a son of Langdene 48. A relocation of the Saturday night events to a new venue, The New England Brewing Company was a fabulous end to a busy couple of days.

As President of the 2018 Field Days I spent most of the two days visiting all the studs while Dom held the fort at Stanley Vale. A massive thank you must go to my family, particularly Dom and Sybilla without whom I would have struggled to undertake my duties as President. Thanks must also go to Janet and Angus Carter, whose tireless contributions were key to the overall success and smooth running of the two days.

Of course thanks must also go to all the participating stud breeders for putting on such a fine display of New England sheep and wool. Thanks to the New England community for supporting the events, in particular Michael Clark and Dales Butchery Uralla and Ben from New England Brewing Company

In addition, events like this don't happen without the support of sponsors whose financial contributions are crucial to the success of the field days. 

Finally, thank you to everyone who visited the field days, without you and your interest in New England genetics these days would not be possible.

Warm Regards,

Tim Bower

If you'd like to read more about the field days, see the Land Newspaper for a write-up on the field days.Click below

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