'Beautiful' local fleece wins at Isisford

Oma fleece wins at Isisford Sheep and Wool Show


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Will Chandler and Bruce McLeish with the Grand Champion fleece at the Isisford Sheep and Wool Show.

Will Chandler and Bruce McLeish with the Grand Champion fleece at the Isisford Sheep and Wool Show.

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Judges said the fleece mixed quality with quantity.

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A "beautiful" locally-grown fleece took home top honours at the "best little show on the Barcoo" over the weekend.

Wool grower Will Chandler took home the Grand Champion fleece award at the Isisford Sheep and Wool Show with a fleece grown on his property Oma, near Isisford.

Judges were impressed by the fleece's soundness, character and colour.

Judge Bruce McLeish, the northern zone wool manager for Elders, said the Oma fleece ticked all the boxes.

"It's a beautiful fleece. The biggest thing was that it was a quality fleece, but there was also quantity there as well," Mr McLeish said.

"It's all about productivity."

Mr McLeish pointed to the fleece's yield of 72 per cent and weight of 7 kilograms.

"The fleece has nice colour and good character, but the weight is there as well," he said.

"This kind of fleece is perfect for wool processors."

In general, the quality of wool on display at the Isisford Show was outstanding, Mr McLeish said.

The Oma fleece narrowly beat another outstanding fleece from Jon Karger's Isla Downs property, which won the Grand Champion award at last week's Longreach Show.

"It's a credit to the people in the district to pull together a show with such quality, particularly given the years of drought they've had," Mr McLeish said.

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