Guyra’s grand fleece the supreme of show

Steward Scott Wrigley, judge Brett Taylor, steward in chief, Greg Andrews, judge Sarah Taylor, and wool buyer and exporter Scott Carmody, with the supreme fleece.
25th Apr 2023

GUYRA’S Moray Pastoral Co has been awarded the David Merriman Hodgkinson Memorial Annual Trophy for grand champion Merino fleece at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
The 16.8-micron fleece was from the housed or rugged Merino ram fleece class, where it scored 92 overall, including a full 40 points for its 5.6 kilogram fleece, full points for hauteur, 9.5 points for trueness to type and 99.6 per cent comfort factor.
Moray Pastoral also won champion Merino ram fleece in the topmaking type wool open classes and the NSW Wool Selling Brokers Association Award for the best collection of three topmaking type Merino fleeces.
It was the second year in succession that local woolgrower James Stewart had been among the top honours at the Sydney Show.
In 2022 he picked up a swag of awards including the Cliff Friend Perpetual Award for the Most Successful Exhibitor in the Unhoused and Unrugged Merino Fleece Classes.
He said that this year’s accolade is one that he never expected to pick up.
“I have been entering fleeces at Sydney over recent years and have picked up a few ribbons, but to win the award for supreme fleece is something I never expected would happen. It is a great honour.”
Another Guyra woolgrower was also among this year’s winners. In the districts, the champion NSW and Qld class skirted Merino fleece went to Guyra’s Thor Burey, representing Northern district.