Shearing comp on

Matt Bargwanna, Tracey Bryant, Kellie Seres, Joshua Launders and Damien Stephenson.
Matt Bargwanna, Tracey Bryant, Kellie Seres, Joshua Launders and Damien Stephenson.

The Cowra Show Society will be taking advantage of the Cowra Show’s new weekend dates by holding a NSW Sports Shear Competition.

Cowra Show Society member, Kellie Seres, said the competition was part of a stronger focus on the show’s agricultural roots.

“The idea was to see what we can get going on the weekend show,” she said.

“We’re an agricultural community so we should bring back the Ag show, plus sheep bring a lot to this community.

“We have industry sponsorship in Australian Wool Innovation, Prime Super and the Shearing Contractors Association as well as local sponsorship from Norman C. Bellamy, Imperial Hotel, Thompsons Transport,  T&B Shearing, Ray White Emms Mooney, Cowra Hire, Jack Noble Shearing with Norman C. Bellamy donating $1000 for name sponsorship.”

Damien Stephenson from Norman C. Bellamy said the company was excited about the event and the Show Society promoting agricultural practices in an agricultural community.

Ms Seres said it had been around 20 years since the competition last ran with the last competition running somewhere between 1998 and 2001.

Th original competition was cancelled due to lack of competitors at the mid week show.

“As this is our first year, we will not have wool handling classes, however we are looking at holding a traditional blade shearing event as well,’ she said.

“It (the shed) hasn’t been used for a while, we’ve put in an extra stand, replaced a lot of the flooring. Two weeks worth of work and 70 hours of welding has already been done.

The competition aims to develop and promote shearing and wool handling as a professional career choice, increasing the skills, proficiency and opportunities available to shearers and wool handlers and is judged primarily on quality of the shearing and speed.