SHEEP MEAT IN­TER­BREED

Countryman - - IGA PERTH ROYAL SHOW - Bob Gar­nant

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.

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Max Whyte, of Brim­field White Suf­folk stud, Ken­de­nup, ex­hibits the ram that won the in­ter­breed ram ti­tle.

Pic­tures: Bob Gar­nant

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.

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