Williams stud awarded

kate MathewsCountryman

Williams-based Merino stud Tilba Tilba has won the inaugural supreme champion fleece at the Williams Gateway Expo.

Organisers Chris and Mitchell Hogg hailed the event as a huge success with 41 fleeces entered from Brookton to Denmark.

“We are happy with the number of entries for the first year and expect the competition will grow with wool prices doing well,” Chris said.

The creation of a wool fleece competition had been mulled over for several years, and it was decided the timing was right in 2011.

“Increasing wool prices and enthusiasm for wool has helped and it goes well with the sheep and shearing competitions,” Chris said.

Tilba Tilba’s father-and-son team, Stuart and Andrew Rintoul, said the winning fleece was off a four-year-old sashed grand champion fine wool ewe at last year’s Perth Royal Show.

Elders district wool manager for the Upper Great Southern and judge Tim Burgess said one of the biggest sections was the farmers’ class, won by A Hambly.

“The competition was well supported with good fleeces through all sections and it’s a credit to the committee and organisers of the wool section,” he said.

“Hopefully, it grows as time goes on.”

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