2019 Feature Breed – Polwarth

Australia’s first breed of sheep

The Polwarth breed was established in Victoria from a fixed Lincoln Merino cross type. Polwarths are dual purpose wool and meat sheep, producing an even, high yielding, soft handling fleece. They are docile in nature which makes for easy care and handling, and have proved versatile in a range of climatic conditions.

Polwarth Sheep Breeders Association of Australia

Polwarth Fleece

Polwarth is a soft-feeling fleece that presents in dense, rectangular staples of a generous length (8 – 18cm). It has a well-defined crimp that gives it elasticity. The end product has a lovely drape. The fleece can be spun from the lock, flick or comb and shorted length fibres can be carded.

(Robson, D. & Ekarius, C. The Field Guide to Fleece. Storey. 2013)

In 2019, we celebrate the centenary of the Polwarth.

Save the Date: 19-21 July 2019


Proudly presented by the Australian Sheep Breeders’ Association

Friday 19 July, Saturday 20 July, from 9am to 5pm
Sunday 21 July, from 9am to 4pm

Prince of Wales Showgrounds, 42-72 Holmes Rd, Bendigo, Victoria 3550

Join us for three days of woolcraft competitions, fashion parades, wearable art, vendor stalls, shearing competitions, yard dog trials, schools competition, junior livestock judging and much more…

2019 Feature Breed – Polwarth
In 2019, we celebrate the centenary of the Polwarth.

2019 Woolcraft Competition Theme – ‘Season’

Show related links for tickets, programs and other details: Australian Sheep and Wool Show

Check out Bendigo Tourism for details on accommodation, maps, and travel, including how to get to and around Bendigo.

It’s that time of year… 2018 Woolcraft Schedule – Just released!

Start planning now! View 2019 competition details2019 Woolcraft Schedule cover

2018 Woolcraft Raffle Prize Winners!


  1. National Wool Museum – Manor House rug
    Orange E 69 – Ursula A
  2. Wool 2 Yarn – wool top and skein
    Green D 076 – Kath B
  3. Bridgewater Berets – beret
    Orange E 1 – Angie G
  4. Elisabet’s Handspun – silk scarf
    Blue B 047 – Faye G
  5. Wool “N” Wire – shawl pin
    Purple A 013 – Cath N
  6. Raxor Yarns & Fibres – Merino skein
    Green D 088 – Amanda K
  7. Waratah Fibres – braided wool top
    Purple A 034 – Wanda/Greg
  8. Hand-Crafted Gifts – 2x braided wool top
    Blue B 087 – Jade W
  9. Bendigo Woodturners – wooden bowl
    Blue B 073 – Felicity H
  10. Uncle John’s Licorice – licorice
    Blue B 038 – Ann P

Thank you to all of our sponsors!


2018 Woolcraft Competition – Winners announced!