Ashlea Hughes has a proven eye for detail when she's handling a fleece - quite a feat, given the 24-year-old is legally blind.
Polwarth sheep have been bred at the historic Tarndwarncoort in south-west Victoria for nearly 140 years.
Constitution, conformation and bulk of fleece is an old adage which George and Helen McKenzie adhere to in their Montrose Hill breeding program with great results.
The popular working dog competition attracts seasoned veterans and novice handlers, including an Irish newcomer who has fallen for Australia and its iconic Kelpies.
If it impacts the sheep industry, it matters to the Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders, which is celebrating six decades of looking after members interests.
The Australian wool market has ended the selling season down 51c, with the Eastern Market Indicator closing on 1751c.
In the wake of news that the Balonne Shire Council has secured an $8m Queensland Treasury Corporation exclusion fencing loan, two western Queensland shires have defended their decision not to pursue similar schemes.
This year marks 100 years since the Polwarth Sheep Breeders Association of Australia was officially formed.