Even Hurst line the pick of Newdegate

Countryman - - NEWDEGATE MACHINERY FIELD DAYS - Ann Rawl­ings

Judg­ing the State Ewe Hogget Com­pe­ti­tion of­ten takes care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion, with pro­duc­ers pre­sent­ing their best at the Newdegate Ma­chin­ery Field Days.

With 11 qual­ity en­tries in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion, the task of se­lect­ing the best pen was not for the faint-hearted.

But judges Michael Camp­bell, of Coro­man­del Stud, Gaird­ner, and Sam Howie, of Cor­ri­gin, were well up to the task, choos­ing a very even line of ewes from Wil­liam and Michael Hurst’s Nyabing farm.

Farm man­ager John Jol­ley, who has run the 3400ha mixed farm­ing op­er­a­tion for the past 10 years, was pleased with the win. “It’s been a tough year with feed, so to have them win this is fan­tas­tic — they have had no spe­cial treat­ment,” he said.

Mr Jol­ley said the 11⁄2-year-old au­tumn-shorn ewes, with Clay­pans and St Quentin blood­lines, were se­lected straight from the pad­dock — a re­quire­ment of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“They were cho­sen out of 100 sheep that we thought were good,” he said. “We have cho­sen ge­net­ics to im­prove our wool.”

In his as­sess­ment of the win­ning pen, Mr Howie said the ewes had been well man­aged and showed good growth for age.

“Their skin types were very even, and they were an ear­lier drop than the other en­tries, so their growth rate was good,” he said.

“They stood well on their feet and were very ro­bust. It was a very even line of sheep.”

In sec­ond place was an en­try from Dualling Part­ners, of Nyabing, with or­gan­is­ers thank­ing the ef­forts of pro­duc­ers who trav­elled to Newdegate to show­case their ewes.

Third spot went to C & S Varone, of Hy­den, who also placed first in the medium-wool judg­ing of the Fleece Com­pe­ti­tion, while lo­cal fa­ther-and­son farm­ing team RG & K New­man placed fourth.

The New­mans also took home the cham­pion rib­bon in the Fleece Com­pe­ti­tion for their su­perfine wool en­try.

Pic­ture: Ann Rawl­ings

State Ewe Hogget Com­pe­ti­tion co-or­di­na­tor Stephen Chap­pell, Dyson Jones Wool Mar­ket­ing Ser­vices WA man­ager Peter Howie, WT & MC Hurst farm man­ager John Jol­ley and judges Sam Howie, of Cor­ri­gin, and Michael Camp­bell, of Coro­man­del Stud, Gaird­ner.

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