A QUALITY fine wool fleece from the Dongiemon stud, Williams, was awarded the champion WA fleece in the Australian Fleece competition at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo, Victoria, last week.
The Rintoul family's fleece was sashed the champion WA fleece after finishing on 82.80 points.
The fleece came from the fine (18.6-19.5 micron) Merino ewe or wether class.
The fleece measured 19.5 microns, 15.4 CV, 99.9 per cent comfort factor, 119mm staple length, 63N/kt staple strength, 8.5kg greasy fleece weight, 76.8pc yield and 6.5kg clean fleece weight.
It recorded a clean price of 1190c/kg and a greasy price of 914c/kg to give a fleece value of $77.35.
The fleece finished 10th in its class which had 25 fleeces entered in it.
The Dongiemon fleece, was part of the stud's winning pair of fleeces at this year's Wagin Woolorama.
The Rintoul family entered four fleeces in this year's competition under their Dongiemon and Tilba Tilba stud names.
The win made it consecutive champion ribbons for the family who won last year with a fleece from their Tilba Tilba stud.
The only other WA breeders who entered fleeces in the competition were the Blight family, Seymour Park stud, Highbury.
The grand champion fleece award in the 13th Australian Fleece Competition went to an extra superfine Merino fleece from the Wurrook Merino stud, Rokewood, in the south west region of Victoria.
The grand champion fleece, scored 92.95 points out of a possible 100 and came from the extra superfine (16.6-17.5 micron) Merino ewe or wether class.
The fleece measured 17.3 microns, 16.2 CV, 99.9pc CF, 101mm staple length, 48N/kt staple strength, 7.5kg greasy fleece weight, 70.2pc yield and 5.3kg clean fleece weight.
It recorded a clean price of 1339c/kg and a greasy price of 940c/kg to give a fleece value of $70.97.
Wurrook principal Paul Walton said he was delighted to take out the grand champion award in the highly regarded competition.
A long-time exhibitor, Wurrook had previously won the reserve champion title and this year scored 92.45 with a second fleece.
Peter and Jayne Lette, Conrayn Merino stud, Berridale, New South Wales, exhibited the reserve grand champion fleece, scoring 92.70 for their 17.2-micron extra superfine Merino fleece.
Tianyu Wool buyer Rod McLeish and Landmark/Jacksons fine wool specialist Ted Wilson judged the competition, which they described as demonstrating the ability of stud and commercial breeders of all breeds to produce fleeces of exceptional style and handle.
"The fleeces on display are an exhibition of the best wool characteristics these breeds have to offer," Mr Wilson said.
Competition convener, Landmark's Athol Frederick said picking the winning entries was always difficult, a point highlighted by this year's tight competition where the top six fleeces were separated by just 0.55 of a point.
The competition is the largest fully measured fleece competition in the world and this year attracted 450 entries.
To determine Australia's top fleece in the competition, all fleeces were weighed and sampled for objective measurement (including length and strength), under standard procedures of the AWTA.
This year's competition included the inaugural Performance Class Trial, which caters for exhibitors shearing in six to eight-month cycles commercially.
Mr Frederick said this year's chosen charity was sure to strike a chord with many, given Blaze Aid's extensive voluntary work to rebuild farm fencing following natural disaster in many rural and regional areas of Australia.
"Over the past 12 years, exhibitors in the Australian Fleece Competition have donated more than $83,000 worth of fleeces to national charities," Mr Frederick said.