• All stud sheep being exhibited must be an approved vaccinate with a V tag or come from a registered Animal Health Australia MN1, MN2 or MN3 sheep map flock with the exception of the Classes P910 and P911.
  • All rams entered in this Show must be either from accredited Ovine Brucellosis free flocks or else must have rams tested within 14 days of the Annual Show with negative results and must be cleared by the Department of Primary Industry, Water and Energy, Tasmania.
  • Lice: the onus is on the Exhibitor to ascertain freedom from lice.
  • Footrot: The onus is on the Exhibitor to ascertain freedom from footrot.
  • All sheep must be NLIS tagged.
  • Sheep entries will only be accepted from registered Members of a recognised Breed Society.
  • All stock entered must be the bona fide property of the Exhibitor.
  • Shearing dates: no sheep will be eligible to be exhibited unless closely and evenly shorn on or after 1st August in the previous year, except in the following cases:
    1. Corriedale sheep must be closely and evenly shorn on or after 1st July in the previous year.
    2. Polwarth sheep under 1.5 years must be closely and evenly shorn between 1st September and 1st November in the previous year.
    3. Merino sheep are to be closely and evenly shorn to 12.5 mm as at the 15th August or the 1st of March each year, inspected and tagged (sheep under 1.5 years and unprotected sheep excluded)
    4. Sheep entered in the November shorn class are to be closely and evenly shorn to 12.5mm as at 15th November. To be eligible for Championship award the animals need to be inspected and tagged. Please note: November shorn sheep DO NOT meet national show shearing regulations.
  • Entries will only be accepted from Exhibitors who complete a Sheep Health Statement upon receipt of their entries.
  • Sheep entered in Under 1.5 year classes are to be showing no permanent incisor teeth i.e. to show milk teeth only.
  • Sheep entered as unprotected may only be shedded or have access to a shed or be rugged for two weeks after shearing and again from 15 days before the penning at the Show (refer regulation 3). While sheep may be wigged, ringed and crutched, no other trimming or preparation is to occur. Unprotected merinos need not be inspected or tagged, but if they have been tagged they are eligible to compete in open championships in their particular sections and in further Champion awards. Untagged junior Merino rams may compete for Supreme Junior Wool Breed Ram.
  • Sheep entered in Special Classes must be drawn from general classes.
  • Classification into Ultrafine, Superfine, Fine, Medium and Strong Merino to be carried out by the Judges, commencing at 2.00pm on THURSDAY immediately preceding the Show.
  • Penning: All Merinos must be penned by 1.00pm THURSDAY immediately preceding the Show.
  • Exhibitors, particularly for Special Classes, are responsible for advising the Chief Sheep Steward as early as possible of a decision to withdraw sheep.
  • Exhibitors may substitute entries from one class to another, prior to the classification by Judges and at the discretion of the Chief Steward of the section.
  • Protests should be lodged in writing with the Chief Sheep Steward, together with a $50 deposit which will be retained by the MAA if the complaint is judged frivolous. The protest will be considered by a committee of three persons drawn from the MAA Executive by the Chief Sheep Steward, who shall chair the committee of which he shall be one member.
  • All Poll Merino sheep shall conform to the following definitions of a Poll ram and a Poll ewe as laid down by the Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders via:
    • (a) For a ram to be classed as a Poll Merino ram it must:
      • (i) be sired by a Merino ram or Poll Merino ram out of a Merino ewe or a Poll merino ewe;
      • (ii) have a concavity in the bone of the skull on the horn site. A bone knob or scur may be set in the concavity of the skull.
      • (iii) not have a scur or bone knob either of which measures more than twenty-five milli- metres (25mm) in diameter across the widest part of its base.
    • (b) For a ewe to be classed as a Poll Merino ewe, it must:
      • (i) be sired by a Merino or Poll Merino ram out of a Merino or Poll Merino ewe.
      • (ii) have a concavity in the bone of the skull on the horn site; and
      • (iii) have no sign of any horn growth or bone knob set in the concavity.

*Lodgement of an entry assumes acceptance and compliance with these regulations.

*Late entries may be accepted at the discretion of the MAA Chief Sheep Steward