Bendigo Sheep & Wool Show 2014
This year Fairfield Finns were located in the Finn Association tent with the sheep. I’m sure it meant that some folks could not find us but we did meet a lot of new people too. Thanks to all our old friends & customers who made it all the way up the road to the very end to find us.
We feel philosophically that we should be with the sheep and lots of people agreed that it was a good display and interesting to see where the goods actually come from. We sold almost all of our fleece and are looking forward to the new shearing in Nov.
We had some good results both in the Woolcraft section & in the fleece completion. In the woolcraft my good friend Sue Tannett won the Margaret Benning award (for a dyed article made from raw fleece) with a lovely ladies cardigan made from Finn fleece of course.
Sue also won the accessories section with a shawl.
I came second to Sue with my shawl.
My pure Finn shawl made from lamb fleece came second in the babywear section.
In the fleece completion our white fleece only managed a 6th place because we have to compete against Merino/ BorderLeiscters which cut a lot more fleece than our Finns and consequently the weight factor let us down as this makes up 38% of the marks.
In the coloured fleece completion our fleece came second. Again weight was a factor because the fleece was put in the ram section and it was a ewe fleece. In all other criteria our fleece outscored the winner.
Now it is on to lambing in September (a very busy time for us), then shearing in November.