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Fame and fortune

Fame and fortune

Recognition and encouragement awards have been an enduring feature of the Australian wool industry. Graziers compete at local shows for a ribbon, or in international competitions where winning fleeces can be literally worth their weight in gold.

Competitors can't rely on one sheep to produce a winning fleece; they must breed and develop an entire flock of potential prizewinners. Together, woolgrowers and textile manufacturers who sponsor competitions have played a major role in improving the quality of Australian merino wool.

Golden Bale, the best Australian wool for 1968. Photo: Les Gorrie. State Library of Victoria.
Golden Bale, the best Australian wool for 1968.
Photo: Les Gorrie. State Library of Victoria.