Royal Bathurst Show, 2018: Wool judging

SHEAR THING: Royal Bathurst Show wool judge Trevor Toole has a lifetime of experience in the industry. Photo: NADINE MORTON 041118nmwool1
SHEAR THING: Royal Bathurst Show wool judge Trevor Toole has a lifetime of experience in the industry. Photo: NADINE MORTON 041118nmwool1

A HUGELY successful wool exhibitor from the 100th Royal Bathurst Show has made a return this week to judge entries in the 150th running of the event.

Fourth generation sheep and wool farmer Trevor Toole knows a thing or two about what goes into making a great fleece and he is among the judges who will assess the 150 wool entries for the 150th show.

Far from being fleeced by the challenge ahead, Mr Toole said it was a role and responsibility that he loved.

“I love the wool game and I’ve been really interested in breeding sheep and judging,” he said.

Mr Toole grew up on a sheep and wool farm at Peel and said the industry runs through his veins.

“I’ve been judging at shows in Oberon, Rydal, Rylstone, Sofala, Lithgow and the highlight is Bathurst,” he said.

“It’s a highlight doing the 150th [Bathurst] Show, especially since I was a very successful exhibitor at the 100th show with my father [Jack] and brothers [Tony and Matt].”

Mr Toole said he was very impressed with the wool entries he had judged so far.

“I do a lot of sheep classing and wool classing throughout the Central West and Bathurst wool is excellent,” he said.

“I think the district and the surrounding district is very good.

“I love wool judging and it’s a real challenge seeing all the fleeces and how they improve their flock year-on-year.”

Mr Toole said the show had remained a success over the years due to its foundation in agriculture.

“It was very much an agricultural show for many years and that brings a lot of people in from across the region,” he said.

“It’s got very strong sheep, wool, cattle and sheep dog classes.”

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