2019 marked the centenary year of the Polwarth Sheep Breeders Association of Australia. Today, a small group of passionate breeders around Australia carry on the tradition of Polwarth sheep.
To mark the occasion, a Centenary Afternoon Tea was held on Saturday 20th July 2019 at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show where some 90 past and current members and friends celebrated the longevity of the association.
We were joined by international guests, including judge Martin Paterson from Matakanui Station in New Zealand and Joaquin Martinicorena, Fernando Martinicorena and Alejandro Clavier from Uruguay, representing the Ideal Association of Uruguay.
Highlights from the afternoon tea included presentations from:
- Joaquin, Fernando and Alexander about Polwarth sheep in Uruguay known as ‘Ideals’.
- Martin Paterson about Matakanui Polwarths and his involvement in the New Zealand wool industry.
- Sixth generation Dennis family brothers, Tom and Alastair Dennis from Tarndwarncoort, the association’s number one flock.
- Life-membership presentations to Douglas Hopkins (Challicum) and Don Smith (Kingswood Park)