White Suf­folk crosses shine

Countryman - - LIVESTOCK - Bob Gar­nant and Cally Dupe

The qual­ity of prime lambs was cel­e­brated at the IGA Perth Royal Show with the Fair­clough fam­ily of York scoop­ing a hand­ful of wins and the most over­all points.

The Fair­cloughs took out the award for grand cham­pion pen of the three lambs in the prime lamb car­case com­pe­ti­tion with a trio of White Suf­folkcrossed Merino.

Judged the open cham­pion car­case on the hook was a Texel cross Texel/ Merino, ex­hib­ited by the Glover fam­ily of Boyup Brook, in class three.

At pro­cess­ing, the lamb was 31⁄2 months of age with a live weight of 39.5kg, a dress weight of 20.9kg and was straight off mum.

JimJan Texel stud’s Jim Glover said his suc­cess with the breed hailed from its ca­pa­bil­ity for early ma­tu­rity, muscling and qual­ity meat, par­tic­u­larly with high-end cuts.

Con­tribut­ing to the Fair­cloughs’ over­all points was a win in the cham­pion ex­port pen of three lambs and the cham­pion light­weight pen of three lambs.

The trio of car­cases had an av­er­age weight of 17.5kg and a fat av­er­age of 8.3mm. Stock­dale stud co-prin­ci­pal Lau­rie Fair­clough at­trib­uted his fam­ily’s con­sis­tent suc­cess to hard work and pro­gres­sive ge­net­ics.

“We are look­ing for a car­case type sheep that has mus­cle, smoother shoul­ders,” he said.

The Squires fam­ily of Quairad­ing won the cham­pion heavy­weight pen of three lambs cat­e­gory with a trio of Poll Dorset crossed Prime SAMM/ Meri­nos. Shirlee Downs stud co-prin­ci­pal Chris Squires said his fam­ily’s suc­cess in the car­case com­pe­ti­tion came down to good man­age­ment.

“It helps to have two sons who are full-time and to­gether we make those im­por­tant de­ci­sions that count on sheep pro­duc­tion,” he said.

“We are al­ways search­ing for ad­vanced ge­net­ics to in­tro­duce to our stud which fil­ters through to our com­mer­cial prime lamb en­ter­prise.”

There were equal win­ners for the Merino dam cham­pion car­case on the hook di­vi­sion.

The Fair­cloughs’ White Suf­folkcrossed Merino car­case amassed equal points with Har­vey Agri­cul­tural Col­lege’s Poll Dorset-crossed Merino.

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