Why farmers are abandoning the event

For Kyle, the value just isn’t there anymore. He said he’d be up for close to $3000 in entry fees, accommodation and other expenses if he’d gone this year.

He compared it with the Bendigo Elite White Suffolk show in late August, where entry was cheaper, there were no parking charges or membership fees, and organisers hosted dinners for the farmers. Melbourne’s end of September dates are also too late for many sheep sales.

Ian Kyle’s sheep stud has now been in the family for four generations. He is pictured here with son Reagan Kyle and granddaughter Raiven.Credit:Jason…

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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

I have 26 years of experience as a professional writer and editor and have been working as a full time freelancer since 2011. I am originally from Casablanca, Morocco, and I graduated from Qatar University with a degree in journalism. I have worked for newspapers, magazines, news agencies, websites. I speak fluent Arabic, French, English, Russian and Spanish.

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