Sheepvention is back, bigger and better - Elders Rural Services

Sheepvention is back, bigger and better

After a two year hiatus, Hamilton’s Sheepvention was back with a bang with the Elders marquee awarded the Best Outdoor Corporate Trade Site.

There was a ‘ram’ packed schedule in the Elders tent with Chief Financial Officer Tania Foster continuing to share information about the world first Elders Wool Handling Project. This will see Elders invest over $25 million in the project creating a more sustainable, efficient business for both wool buyers and wool growers.

The crowds packed in to see the ‘Southern Clip of the Year’ Awards which recognises wool growers for their quality and clip presentation and is selected from over 2,000 clients across the Southern region.

Winners from the past three Clips of the Year were presented to growers:

  • 2019/20 Clip of the Year Winner: CROXTON PASTORAL COMPANY, Tarrington, Victoria (classed by Chris Bensch)
  • 2020/21 Clip of the Year Winner: SIERRA PARK, Victoria Valley, Victoria (classed by Anna Topia)
  • 2021/22 Clip of the Year Winner: J & M WEEDING PARTNERSHIP, Weedington, Tasmania (classed by Nick Weeding)

Also presented were the Elders Clip of the Month Awards (2021/2022):

  • July 21: J & M WEEDING PARTNERSHIP, Oatlands, Tasmania (classed by Nick Weeding)
  • August 21: CROXTON PASTORAL COMPANY, Tarrington, Victoria (classed by Chris Bensch)
  • September 21: C S & J M GRANT, Raglan, Victoria (classed by Grace Jones)
  • October 21: J E & G HARVEY, Murgheboluc, Victoria (classed by James Harvey)
  • November 21: A C & N H SMITH, Omeo, Victoria (classed by Belinda Smith)
  • December 21: D A PADGETT, Warrak, Victoria (classed by Keith Thomas)
  • January 22: J W FREEMAN, Briagolong, Victoria (classed by John Freeman)
  • February 22: ECHO COTTAGE PTY LTD, Nubeena, Tasmania (classed by Gary Westwood)
  • February 22: D & A HAYWARD, Omeo, Victoria (classed by R Richardson)
  • March 22: LEN DHU FARMING PTY LTD, Ouse, Tasmania (classed by Kellie Hazell)
  • April 22: ELDAMEAD PTY LTD, Lexton, Victoria (classed by Renee Whakatau)
  • May 22: THURLES PARTNERSHIP: Melville Forest, Victoria (classed by Maria Gnys)
  • June 22: D J & M A HUNT, Mount Duran, Victoria (classed by Annie May Fagg & Ken Mason)

Elders Wool Business Specialist, Samantha Wan said “this was an opportunity for us to recognise the quality and contribution of our clients, wool classers and all those who played their part in presenting these clips for sale, clips that go on to solidify Australia’s reputation of high-quality wool.”

Elders congratulates all our wool growers and their teams.

Alongside the wool team, our stud stock team fired up for the annual ram sale which drew a large crowd in the sheep pavilion. With a total of 85 Corriedale and Merino lots on offer, there was clearance of 75 lots totalling $320,250 with an average of $4,270.

The highest price was lot 72 at $26,000 by Yarrawonga Poll Merino and purchased by Warralea Poll Merino, Gairdner WA, through Elders Dubbo. Lot 74 sold for $16,000 by Yarrawonga Poll Merino. Lot 12 sold for $14,000 by Langdene Merino. A fantastic result for all the hard work of our producers.

Sheepvention was not only a great opportunity to hear about the current state of the sheep industry but also to network and catch up with other growers from across the country.

Elders Hamilton Branch Manager, Lachy Patterson said “it was fantastic to have Sheepvention back, bigger and better. It’s great to catch up with all our clients and for clients to catch up with other farmers.”

As well as all things wool, we were thrilled to welcome Elders Livestock Production Manager Rob Inglis, who presented on animal health and the current threat of FMD and also Dr Thakur Bhattarai from the Thomas Elder Institute who presented on the Elders Carbon Farming Program.

We would like to thank all our growers and visitors to the Elders marquee.


“Unlock the equity in your wool clip, now. Access up to 50 per cent of expected wool proceeds up to six months prior to the wool sale when you consign your wool to Elders.”

Nigel Hawke, Elders Territory Sales Manager, Albany, Western Australia.

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