Su­per seven at Show

Countryman - - NEWS - Bob Gar­nant

Seven times lucky and blessed was on the minds of Gover­nor’s Cup win­ners the Squiers fam­ily, who have farmed at Quairad­ing since the 1950s.

At a spe­cial awards func­tion, Gover­nor Kerry Sanderson recog­nised the ex­cel­lence and con­sis­tency of the Squierses, who were awarded their sev­enth Cup vic­tory af­ter gain­ing the most points over­all from all live­stock ex­hibits at this year’s IGA Perth Royal Show.

Head of the Squiers fam­ily’s prime lamb sheep farm dy­nasty Chris Squiers said he was hum­bled by the ac­co­lade.

Af­ter sweep­ing the Prime SAMM awards and the highly dec­o­rated in­ter­breed ex­hibit with a SAMM ewe, and also win­ning the in­ter­breed group of rams prize of $5000 with SAMMs plus ex­hibit­ing a Poll Dorset ram that was sashed cham­pion of its breed, Mr Squires re­flected back on his start.

“My father saw fit that I should be­gin my sheep breed­ing at age 13 when he bought my first Dor­pers in 1962 and I have been go­ing strong ever since with the help of my own fam­ily,” he said.

“The Poll Dor­pers were in­tro­duced in 1968 and it wasn’t un­til 2003 that we saw the po­ten­tial of im­pres­sive struc­tured Prime SAMM breed.”

Mr Squiers and his wife Fay, who run the farm with sons Adrian and Sascha and their fam­i­lies, said they have al­ways worked as a democ­racy when mak­ing de­ci­sions about adding new ge­net­ics to their Shirlee Downs and Don­gadilling studs.

“We run a 70/30 sheep/crop­ping en­ter­prise, although they are equal farm in­come earners, our bank man­ager says we are in front with sheep as they do not carry the high in­put costs,” Mr Squiers said.

“We are op­ti­mistic of con­tin­ued progress af­ter hav­ing one of the bet­ter sheep sea­sons last year, although the chal­lenge is on to sur­vive strongly out of this year’s tough sea­son in which we will be look­ing af­ter up to 10,000 sheep over sum­mer, but we are de­ter­mined to get through un­scathed and con­tinue do­ing what we do best.”

The Squiers also run a suc­cess­ful com­mer­cial cross breed­ing pro­gram us­ing Prime SAMM rams over Wille­menup blood ewes, sourced from their own sel­f­re­plac­ing Poll Merino flock, with Poll Dorset rams go­ing over the first cross F1 breeder to pro­duce top qual­ity prime lambs.

This prow­ess in sheep breed­ing also won rib­bons at the Show’s Prime Lamb Com­pe­ti­tion.

Hold­ing their sev­enth Gov­er­nors Cup, Sascha and Chris Squiers were con­grat­u­lated by Gover­nor Kerry Sanderson (sec­ond left), flanked by Kelsie Squires and RAS pre­sid­ing Paul Carter, Kylie and Adrian Squires (back right), and Fay Squires.

Pho­tos avail­able at west­ Pic­tures: Bob Gar­nant

Adrian Squiers and his daugh­ter Stella put forth one of their fam­ily's best supreme rib­bon, afer the judges sashed their Shrilee Downs Prime SAMM stud ewe, pic­tured, best meat sheep at the IGA Perth Royal Show.

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