THE State's largest sheepdog trials, which are held in Naracoorte and Bordertown over six days, have moved to an earlier date this year.
Usually in July, it will now be in the last week of April - starting on Easter Monday.
Naracoorte Working Sheepdog Association president Allan Mabon said the weather was a key factor in the change.
"Last year it was pretty wet and the sheep yards got a bit flooded," he said.
"Instead of running around in the winter time with fires and shelters it will be a lot nicer."
Committee member and convenor of the Bordertown trials Brian Growden said the trials were quite popular with about 20 to 25 entrants adding up to about 105 runs.
"We usually get quite a few entrants come from across the border in Victoria, some from New South Wales and all over SA from as far as Cleve and all points in between," he said.
The trials will be at the Naracoorte Showgrounds on April 21-23 before going to Bordertown on April 25-27.
Entry forms will go out in early March.