Tassie trio’s show triumph
TASMANIAN sheep breeders have shone at the Royal Adelaide Show, with three studs winning champion ram sashes.
Brett Stokes, from NobleLee Suffolk Stud at Campania, made his debut at the show with a bang, claiming the interbreed champion ram ribbon with a black suffolk.
Paul Day, from Sunnybanks White Suffolk Stud near Penguin, won junior champion ram for the breed with an August-drop ram and Andrew McLauchlan, of Valma Poll Dorset Stud at Whitemore, won junior champion poll dorset ram.
There were sheep entries from five states, with the suffolk the feature breed this year.
Mr Stokes’ Noble-Lee Stud sold the interbreed champion ram for $16,000, an Australian record price for a suffolk ram.
The buyer was Mount Spring Stud in South Australia.
Another ram went for $12,000 to the Aylesbury Farm Stud, also in South Australia, giving him a sale average of $14,000.
Mr Day said the results were outstanding for Tasmanian breeders.
“It’s like winning an Australian title. This is a big deal for three breeders to win champion sashes with their rams,” Mr Day said.
This was the fourth time he has exhibited at the show.
In the white suffolk classes, breeders from NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia exhibited 288 entries, the biggest showing of the breed in Australian history.
“The judges liked the overall correctness of our ram. I am really happy, actually stoked by the result,” Mr Day said.
His winning ram sold for $11,000 to a buyer in NSW.
“I had four rams up for sale, the others went for $7000, $6000 and $4000.
“So we are delighted.” Mr Day will be returning to the mainland next week for the Bendigo Elite White Suffolk Show and Sale.
The Sunnybanks Stud will be holding an on-property sale on November 13.
The McLauchlan family’s Valma Poll Dorset Stud has the No.2 flock of the breed in Australia, with Andrew’s grandfather having started breeding poll dorsets in the 1940s.
“They are a totally Australian breed and developed here,” Mr McLauchlan said.
“The judges liked our style of sheep.
“We have later country stock helping produce stronger rams with good performance figures.”
The junior champion poll dorset will be offered via AuctionsPlus during the Melbourne Show on September 25.
QUALITY: Andrew McLauchlan from Valma Poll Dorset, Paul Day from Sunnybanks White Suffolks, and Brett Stokes from Noble-Lee Suffolks, with their winning rams at the 2017 Royal Adeaide Show.