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Kangaroo Island farmer and his sheep stuck in Bendigo

Kangaroo Island farmer and his sheep stuck in Bendigo

When Jared McArdle hopped on the ferry to Victoria from South Australia this week, he did not request to be trapped by a surprising lockdown alongside 12 of his sheep. 

Key points:

  • A Kangaroo Island farmer and his sheep are stuck in Bendigo as Victoria enters lockdown
  • They are stuck because the Australian Sheep and Wool Point to 2021 has been cancelled on the 11th hour
  • Hundreds of exhibitors, farmers and 2,000 sheep in the intervening time are stranded in Victoria

The Taljar Polwarth Stud breeder used to be all dwelling to existing on the Australian Sheep and Wool Point to in Bendigo this present day, nonetheless at 5pm closing night obtained phrase that the indicate had been cancelled resulting from Victoria’s snap, 5-day lockdown. 

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This supposed he and hundreds of exhibitors — and 2,000 sheep, many from interstate — in the intervening time are stranded in Victoria, in doubt of their next step. 

Mr McArdle acknowledged the Kangaroo Island ferry used to be cancelled this present day resulting from tough climate and he doesn’t know when it’s going to next be on hand. 

“The mood this morning is perfect flat,” Mr McArdle acknowledged. 

“The indicate society acknowledged that we are in a position to retain our sheep right here for as lengthy as we need [to], so we belief which can merely be our easiest port of name in the intervening time.”

Getting abet home tricky

He acknowledged that, even if a ferry used to be on hand this present day, getting abet home will be demanding. 

“We have obtained feed. We have obtained yards. And we did not love them staying on the abet of our ute for what might perhaps merely be three days trying to win home.”

A blonde woman in a bright orange vest working with some woolly merino sheep in pens

Georgina Wallace from Tasmanian merino stud Trefusis introduced 10 of her finest sheep to the indicate. (

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Questions about returning home

Georgina Wallace from Tasmanian Merino stud Trefusis introduced 10 of her finest sheep to the indicate, about a of that are pregnant, and used to be left wondering whether she might perhaps win them home. 

Ms Wallace has already booked a fare on the Spirit of Tasmania, nonetheless spent the morning trying to win approval to enter her home issue with her woolly cargo. 

Ms Wallace acknowledged she had heard reviews of Queenslanders who had arrived on Thursday — best possible to maintain to pack up and leave Bendigo in the center of the night.

“They had to stand up at 3am this morning to win abet over across the NSW border sooner than dumb night. In whisper that they had an 18-hour pressure earlier to them,” she acknowledged. 

Ms Wallace has continuously cherished going head-to-head with the very best possible sheep farmers in Australia on the indicate — she has even picked up the Grand Champion Fleece award thrice.

But now she’s perfect hoping she can win home and isolate at her farm in the little pastoral community of Ross. 

“The main thing is to win them abet sincere and sound and in splendid successfully being and that I assemble not inflict this on anybody else.” 

An older gentleman wearing a dark blue zip-front jacket standing near sheep pens

The Australian Sheep Breeders Affiliation’s senior vice-president, Peter Baker, says producers on the indicate are devastated. (

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Producers devastated

The senior vp of the Australian Sheep Breeders Affiliation, Peter Baker, acknowledged producers on the indicate maintain been devastated. 

“After missing the indicate in 2020, we obtained to the door, nonetheless might perhaps not rather win the door inaugurate,” Mr Baker acknowledged. 

“Now we maintain sheep from all around the country right here … it makes it in fact, in fact demanding.” 

Sheep had already arrived

Point to secretary Margot Falconer acknowledged virtually 2,000 sheep had already been transported to the showgrounds at Bendigo when information of the cancellation came by. 

“Not not up to closing yr we made the resolution early … so, it did not tag us this much, nonetheless this yr the financial implication will be high, not perfect for us nonetheless [also] for the total sheep breeders who maintain invested so closely in coming to the match and the total assign holders and food vendors.” 

Ms Falconer acknowledged 7,500 guests maintain been anticipated on the match, and pre-indicate ticket gross sales maintain been at a epic high. 

“It used to be going to be a huge match,” she acknowledged

“We kept thinking it might perhaps perhaps perfect be Melbourne. We did not realise they maintain been going to shut regional Victoria down yet again.”

Ms Falconer acknowledged organisers had requested the authorities whether judging might perhaps happen for the sheep already on the assign. 

“[We got a] flat no, judges and stewards maintain been not deemed to be very crucial. So, you perfect maintain to cop it.” 

Must always the snap, 5-day lockdown finish as deliberate, the dog trials will be held next weekend and fleeces will be auctioned in October.

Kangaroo Island farmer and his sheep stuck in Bendigo