Despite the absence of Victorian Merino enthusiasts due to the SA-Vic hard border restrictions , the South East Merino Field Day notched up one of its strongest attendances in years.
Field Day president Ryan Kluska estimated there were more than 500 people from across the state in attendance from the Eyre Peninsula, Mid North, Mallee and Kangaroo Island, as well as a strong local contingent.
"It was the first big agricultural event for the year and everyone was in a good mood and seemed to be happy to be there," he said.
"The quality of rams on the displays was outstanding. The rams that would normally be taken to Bendigo and Hamilton, Vic, were there and it was the first chance many had to see them."
As part of the organising committee's COVID-19 Safe Plan, the 32 displaying studs at the Keith Showground were spread across two sheds instead of just the main pavilion and a BBQ lunch was served in another area.
Moorundie stud, Keith, and Glenlea Park, Brimbago also had a steady stream of visitors to their on-property displays.
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