The Merino section at this year's Bendigo Sheep & Wool Show has the most entries on record - and according to ASBA president Ross McGauchie, standards will be extremely high.
The show - July 20-22 - has attracted 680 entries this year from all States, in what Mr McGauchie describes as the number one Merino show in the country.
Of those numbers 45 will travel from Western Australian studs, down on the initial figure of 60 which was cut back due to transport limitations.
Prize money will be awarded to State winners ($1000) before the champion winner is allotted the encouraging $5000 win.
But more than the prize money, Mr McGauchie said the national respect gained by a win at Bendigo is worth its weight in gold.
"The best sheep in Australia will be there, so to win, you've got to be pretty special," he said.
Mr McGauchie expects the WA stock to be highly competitive.
"It costs them a lot to come, so they only bring the best," he said.
The Victorian Merino Pairs section is the first to kick off the Merino showing at Bendigo this year, beginning at 10:30am on the Friday, July 20, progressing through to the Merino group classes from 9am-3pm on the Saturday and Sunday.
For those who are looking to buy, the Merino ram sale will be held at noon on Monday.
*Special 28-page Sheep & Wool Show preview in last week's Stock & Land.
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