The Kent County Show hosts Wool competitions for classes both on and off the hoof, and new for this year is The British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) National Golden Fleece Competition being held in association with JG Animal Health.
Judging the fleeces ‘off the hoof this year’ will be Mr Stephen Spencer from Bradford British Wool Marketing, on Friday. Each exhibit consists of a single fleece clipped in 2016 and competitors can enter as many fleeces as they like. There are four classes; Class 187 Single Romney teg or hogget fleece, unwashed. Class 188 Single Romney sheep 2 years of age and over fleece, unwashed. Class 189 Single Coloured fleece. Class 190 Single Any Other Breed or Cross Fleece The Stevens Plate for the best Romney Wool Fleece.
In addition to winning the class prize, there are a number of trophies which are awarded, The Gregory, Prentis & Green Ltd Perpetual Trophy for the best Any Other Breed fleece from classes 178 and 179 and The Aldington Trophy for the best Jacob fleece.
Mr Spencer will also be judging the Wool on the Hoof competition where the The Hobbs Parker Perpetual Challenge Trophy will be awarded to the Champion. The class will be judged in the Sheep Rings on Saturday morning from sheep drawn from the preceding classes. Sheep can be judged either shorn or unshorn and should be shown in the state demanded by their Flock Book. Fleece classes are also up to 42 entries which is 25% up on last year and may be because of the new Golden Fleece competition.
The Kent County Show has been nominated along with 11 other agricultural shows across the UK to automatically be entered into this national competition. The show champion fleece and scorecard will be held by a BWMB representative. BWMB registered wool producers will also have the opportunity to enter this competition via the network of 10 BWMB grading depots. Judging of the final of the BWMB National Golden Fleece Competition will take place towards the end of the wool season at BWMB Head Office in Bradford.