About the Australian Fleece Competition
Each year Nutrien Wool partners with the Australian Sheep Breeders Association and the Australian Wool Testing Authority to hold the largest fully measured fleece competition in the world; the Australian Fleece Competition as part of the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo, Victoria.
With fleeces received from all across the country, representing all wool growing states the competition caters for all major wool types, from Ultra Fine Merinos through to British breeds. The performance class also showcases fleeces from wool growers who shear at 6-8 month intervals. Each fleece is fully tested to AWTA standards and also judged subjectively by a judging panel.
There are multiple awards for each class, with over 50 awards on offer, as well as the highly coveted Grand Champion Award. The total prize value on offer is over $18,000.
The generosity of exhibitors has resulted in over $200,000 being raised for National charities over the 20 years of the competition. In 2023, we celebrated the 22nd year of the Australian Fleece Competition. Fleeces shorn from July 2022 – June 2023 were eligible to be entered. Down syndrome Australia will be the benefiting charity for the 2023 competition.
See the 2023 results below.