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Major Awards

The Royal Melbourne Show celebrates the best of the best in the Sheep industry. There are numerous major awards presented throughout the Competitions, with the highlights including:

All Breeds Sheep Interbreed

The Champion Ram and Ewe of the Royal Melbourne Show Sheep Interbreed is a visually exciting event with the best of the best from almost 20 breeds competing for the prestigious titles. Held on the first Sunday of the Show each year, this is an event not to be missed.

ASSBA Breeds Interbreed

The Australian Stud Sheep Breeders Association (ASSBA) breeds compete for the title of Best ASSBA Breeds Ram and Ewe across various age groups. All first prize winners in ordinary breed classes for the following breeds are eligible to compete: Lincoln, English Leicester, Border Leicester, Romney, Cheviot, Southdown, Shropshire, Dorset Horn, Ryeland, Hampshire Down, Dorset Down, Wiltshire Horn, South Suffolk, Suffolk, South Dorset Down, East Friesian, Wiltipoll, Aussiedowns, Australian Finnsheep.

Sheep Schools’ and Youth Competition

Entries in the Sheep Schools’ and Youth Competition allow students from any school or individuals attending with families to participate, including those not entered in the Royal Melbourne Show Sheep Competition. This allows the next generation of sheep producers the opportunity to judge and handle a wide variety of sheep breeds and hone their skills under the guidance of experienced professionals.

The Schools’ Competition consists of three parts:

  • Handling and Presentation Classes: students are judged on the presentation of the sheep, their handling ability, and ring craft.
  • Junior Judging: students are awarded points based on their abilities to judge two different sheep breeds, and are required to include notes as to why they have placed the exhibits the way they have.
  • Best Maintained Team (only open to schools entered in the Sheep Competition): judged across the duration of the Show. Points are awarded to schools for animal care and area cleanliness, presentation and communication skills, and participation and handling of animals.
The winning school will have their name engraved on a Schools’ Competition Shield donated by Ian & Ray Christie.


All exhibitors entering the Royal Melbourne Show must be members of relevant breed societies or associations. Sheep need not be entered by name and no particulars other than the breeders’ name and stud will be published in the catalogue.
You need only supply tag numbers prior to arrival for objective measurement and performance classes. Tag numbers for all other exhibits are recorded during the inspection process.
All sheep are to be tattooed in accordance with their breed regulations.
Please ensure you carefully read the regulations and details of each class once the schedule is released, as these may change from year to year.
If you have any queries, you are encouraged to contact your relevant Breed Society, or Grant Coverdale, Agriculture Development Officer.