Pop­u­lar vi­sion for fu­ture of the Show

Countryman - - IGA PERTH ROYAL SHOW - Bob Gar­nant

Royal Agri­cul­ture So­ci­ety of WA pres­i­dent Paul Carter has de­clared the IGA Perth Royal Show of the peo­ple, by the peo­ple and for the peo­ple.

Mr Carter echoed those fa­mous words from a great past world leader, while hold­ing an im­por­tant her­itage English sheep, to de­clare the Show must go on never to per­ish from this Earth.

“Without the com­mu­nity of Western Aus­tralia do­ing what it does best, which is get­ting be­hind or­gan­i­sa­tions like the RAS that they know serve their com­mu­nity and pro­mote so­cial har­mony across our State, we would not be able to stage WA’s big­gest com­mu­nity event,” he said.

The first year of Mr Carter’s reign at the Show brought new high­lights to close the gap be­tween the city and coun­try, in­clud­ing a dis­play of farm­ing ma­chin­ery, a world-class par­a­site ex­hi­bi­tion and the rare Lin­coln sheep breed’s re­turn af­ter 40 years ab­sence.

RASWA her­itage sheep stew­ard Don­ald Cochrane said the Lin­coln had a prom­i­nent role in the de­vel­op­ment of to­day’s Aus­tralian Merino.

“As early as 1841, John Mur­ray from Mt Craw­ford in SA used Lin­coln and English Le­ices­ter rams to broaden his wool and im­prove the sta­ple length, strength and fleece weight of his fine wool Meri­nos,” he said.

“Other studs fol­lowed the suc­cess­ful use of this in­fu­sion. The Pep­pin broth­ers bought 100 Mur­ray blood ewes and some French Ram­bouil­let rams to de­velop their strain of Pep­pin wool.

“Si­mul­ta­ne­ously they owned a pure flock of Lin­coln ewes, but the prog­eny of those ewes was never recorded in the ini­tial stud records.”

Mr Cochrane said be­fore the turn of the 19th cen­tury, many more ma­jor sheep studs in SA such as Koonoona, Bun­ga­ree and Collinsville were es­tab­lished on sim­i­lar blood­lines, all con­tain­ing the great ge­net­ics of the Lin­coln and English Le­ices­ter.

“The Lin­coln Flock Book was the first book of stud sheep pedi­grees to be es­tab­lished in Aus­tralia,” he said.

“To­day three of the orig­i­nal Lin­coln studs es­tab­lished in 1873 are still reg­is­tered and sell­ing rams.”

Two studs ex­hib­ited Lin­coln sheep at the 2017 Perth Royal show, which were ca­pa­bly judged and com­mented on by the Aus­tralian Stud Sheep Breed­ers As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Gavin Wall.

Peter and Jo Gelmi, of Cae­sia Lin­coln stud, lo­cated at Burekup, won the supreme ex­hibit rib­bon for their Lin­coln ram, while Ross and Ruth Miller, of Ea­glenook Lin­coln stud, Keys­brook, were de­lighted to have their ewe lamb, Mary Todd Lin­coln, fea­tured with Mr Carter’s ap­peal to add more agri­cul­ture fo­cus to the Show.

It was the Prime SAMM breed that stole the show, with the Squiers fam­ily, of Shirlee Downs stud, Quairad­ing, win­ning both the in­ter­breed ex­hibit, with a ewe, and the in­ter­breed group of three rams.

They were pipped for the supreme rib­bon in the Poll Dorset breed judg­ing by the Gar­nett fam­ily, of Curlew Creek stud, Gnowangerup, who took out their first best of breed award with a ewe.

High­lights in the cat­tle sec­tion in­cluded a first in­ter­breed win for the Speckle Park breed which had the Thomas fam­ily, of Tungamah stud, Gin­gin, cel­e­brat­ing their se­nior bull vic­tory.

Mur­doch Univer­sity won the grand cham­pion beef car­case award with equal points go­ing to two of its en­tries.

In the main arena, David Dob­son, from Ar­gyle Sta­bles, won eight show-jump­ing events and dur­ing the El­ders cam­p­draft, 16year-old WA Col­lege of Agri­cul­ture stu­dent at Har­vey, Darci Nan­car­row, suc­cess­fully drafted a steer while rid­ing her horse, Smart Fancy Blue Duck, to

take out the in­au­gu­ral event.

The first RAS com­pet­i­tive cam­p­draft brought rid­ers from as far north as the Kim­ber­ley to the deep South of WA, with the par­tic­i­pants rep­re­sent­ing some well-known cat­tle prop­er­ties.

The uniquely Aus­tralian sport­ing spec­ta­cle with $10,000 in prizes, spon­sored by El­ders, in­cluded over $150,000 worth of horse flesh and $70,000 worth of cat­tle.

Michael and Stacy Stan­ton, of Cul­lalla Feed­lot kindly do­nated the good run­ning An­gus steers which en­thralled the spec­ta­tors with their ath­leti­cism.

Bob Gar­nant Pic­tures:

RAS pres­i­dent Paul Carter re­flects on a suc­cess­ful show as he sits in the hub of a John Deere 5690 com­bine har­vester with a Lin­coln lamb.

The El­ders Cam­p­draft brought plenty of ac­tion to the IGA Perth Royal Show.

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