The 142nd Australian Sheep & Wool Show promises to be much more than an agricultural event.
Deva Weitman has been involved with Suffolk sheep since she was 12-years-old and is convinced the eating quality of the breed is hard to beat.
Kangaroo Island, SA, Polwarth breeders, the McArdle family, have been coming to the Australian Sheep & Wool Show for more than 10 years.
Ashlea Hughes has a proven eye for detail when she's handling a fleece - quite a feat, given the 24-year-old is legally blind.
Polwarth sheep have been bred at the historic Tarndwarncoort in south-west Victoria for nearly 140 years.
Constitution, conformation and bulk of fleece is an old adage which George and Helen McKenzie adhere to in their Montrose Hill breeding program with great results.
The popular working dog competition attracts seasoned veterans and novice handlers, including an Irish newcomer who has fallen for Australia and its iconic Kelpies.
If it impacts the sheep industry, it matters to the Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders, which is celebrating six decades of looking after members interests.
This year marks 100 years since the Polwarth Sheep Breeders Association of Australia was officially formed.