Approximately 17 merino studs from across western NSW took part in this year's Midstate Merino Field Day.
Producers came from as far as Forbes, Gilgandra, Dunedoo, Peak Hill and Condobolin to attend and for the first time ever the event was a part of Sheep Week.
Tony Inder, Allendale Merino stud, Wellington has taken on the presidency this year said the event is a great way to network and showcase what producers do in the arena.
And despite the region being in the grip of a drought, sheep prices were still favourable, Mr Inder said.
"For years we've battled with commodity prices but at the moment wool is really good and the mutton and lamb market are really good," he said.
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"Mother Nature is just not playing the game and that is sort of underpinning the whole job... it will rain again, we'll just have to wait around."
Some of the highlights of the day included awarding the Elders Premier Hogget, which this year went to Towonga Merino and Poll Merino stud.
Second place went to Westray and third Roseville Park.
Another change for the annual event was its location, whereas before it was held at the TAFE NSW Dubbo campus on the Narromine road. This year it was held at the Dubbo Turf Club.
Ironically, Mr Inder said the main reason to the location change for 2019 was due to the threat of rain.
"We had no back up for wet weather (at the TAFE campus), whereas we have access (to cover at the Turf Club)," he said.
"The TAFE were really good to us and really looked after us."
Midstate Merino vice president, Blake Tremain-Cannon, Westray stud Peak Hill said it had been a good turnout of producers and possible clients.
"And despite the season there are a lot of things to be positive about," he added.
Mr Tremain-Cannon said the Midstate Merino Field Day allowed producers to benchmark their stock, which was great in the lead up to the national sales.