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Shearers, wool handlers put their skills to the test at national competition

More than 100 shearers from across the country put their skills to the test when they took part in the National Shearing and Wool Handling Championship.

Held at the Dubbo Showgrounds over November 28 to 30, shearers were working with 2700 non-mulesed sheep, all supplied by Parkdale Merino Stud.

The prestigious event even attracted shearers from New Zealand, allowing for a Trans-Tasman challenge to be held on the Friday.

The Western Magazine spoke to organiser, Don Mudford of Parkdale Merino Stud on day two of the competition who said the event was going fantastically.

"It's a credit to the shearers and the wool handlers," he said.

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All of the sheep had been shorn at the Dubbo Show in May and have about 75ml of length, which Mr Mudford was "exceptional."

"The sheep have been performing very well," he added.

While the national event was being held in Dubbo, Mr Mudford said the economic benefit would have a flow on effect to neighbouring towns such as Gilgandra, Wellington and Narromine.

"This is the first national event in Dubbo, they have a national event somewhere in Australia every year," Mr Mudford added. "We've been working on this for 18 months."

The winners of the national team will go on to represent Australia in world events, including New Zealand next year.