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Farming and food were the main course at this years sheep festival.

The Australian Sheep and Wool Show and the Bendigo Festival of Lamb ran over three days showcasing the best of sheep farming and lamb products from the region.

Show president Peter Baker said the weekend was a fantastic effort by all.

He said the show had a record amount of entries in every single category.

He said there were more than 200 sheep coming from each wool-growing state in Australia and some from New Zealand.

He said there were 496 fleeces on display.

Mr Baker said the feature of this years show was Merino sheep with 920 entries.

He said the show also focused on passing on knowledge to the younger generations of farming.

Many schools from around Australia competed in the Junior judging section of the day.

More than 300 students were present.

"They are our future," Mr Baker said.

"We hope to bridge the gap between urban and rural by raising the new generation.

"This will help them to understand the rural scene."

He said the show had tripled in size since it's first in 1999.

He said he hoped the show would grow with time.

Senior vice-president Malcolm Starritt said the weekend had opened up new possibilities of cuts and recipes for lamb as well as increasing farming possibilities.

He said this year's event had an "international feel".

Hillside Rural sheep gate owners Michael and Toni Conole said this show was the biggest they attended.

Mr Conole said this show had the largest amount of sheep in comparison to the others they attend.

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