SHEEP MEAT INTERBREED
The Prime SAMM breed chalked up another milestone, with a Shirlee Downs exhibit becoming the first ewe of the breed to become supreme exhibit at the meat sheep interbreed competition at the IGA Perth Royal Show.
Backing that win up, the Squiers family, of Shirlee Downs Prime SAMM stud, Quairading, continued their success with a win in the interbreed group of three rams, a feat which was a repeated from last year when the Sandown Prime SAMM stud took out the group prize.
Shirlee Downs was the first stud to win a Prime SAMM interbreed individual meat sheep title at the Show back in 2013 with a ram.
At this year’s Show, judge Donald Cochrane said the Shirlee Downs Prime SAMM ewe was a good example of the breed with very good feet and top-line.
“The ewe is extremely well muscled but still retains its femininity,” he said.
Earlier in the breed judging, the under 1.5-year-old ewe was sashed the supreme exhibit over a Shirlee Downs ram, before it went up against 10 other breeds in the interbreed competition. Before the ewe was awarded the best sheep in the shed, it stood next to the decorated interbreed champion ram, a White Suffolk exhibited by Max Whyte and Gail Cremasco, of Brimfield stud, Kendenup.
During the earlier interbreed ram competition, where the Brimfield White Suffolk ram was compared with 10 other ram breeds, judge Gavin Wall said the Brimfield ram carried lots of muscle, had great length, was true-to-type and stood very well.
The ram, Brimfield 160402, was sired by Pollambi 110451 and recently sold for a stud record price of $20,500 to Denam Carter, of Ridgetop stud, Mt Barker, with Brimfield retaining 25 per cent semen shares.
The ram had LambPlan measurements of 0.1 BWT, 11.2 WWT, 18.1 PWWT, -0.4 PFAT, 2.1 PEMD and a CarcasePlus of 215.
The interbreed group of one ram and two ewes ribbon was won by the Stockdale White Suffolk stud, of York.
Max Whyte, of Brimfield White Suffolk stud, Kendenup, exhibits the ram that won the interbreed ram title.
It was history in the making, with the first Prime SAMM ewe winning the meat sheep interbreed competition at the IGA Perth Royal Show. The ewe is pictured with judges Grant Bingham, Mark Crossman, Donald Cochrane, Rod Davies and Gavin Wall and Shirlee Downs stud co-principals Chris and Adrian Squiers.