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To market, to market: IGA Perth Royal Show prime lamb carcase award winners Jim Glover, Brenton Fairclough and Sascha Squiers celebrate their winnings at this year's Show aboard a restored 1927 Ford Model T ute, which is owned by Collie machinery contractor Jim Carmichael.
A farming family well-known at the IGA Perth Royal Show, the Squiers of Quairading, this year secured their eighth Governor’s Cup win.
It was the seventh cup the family had won in a row, with the coveted trophy being awarded to the exhibitor with the most points in the livestock exhibits. It rewards both excellence and consistency, while also promoting the quest for higher standards within the competitions for sheep, cattle, horses, goats and alpacas.
Royal Agricultural Society of WA president Paul Carter said the Governor’s Cup was by far the most prestigious award at the show each year.
The Squiers family won their first Governor’s Cup in 2009, and then for six years in a row from 2012 to 2017. They have exhibited their sheep at the Show each year since 1988.
The family, which includes Chris and Fay Squiers, their sons, Sascha and Adrian, and daughters-in-law, Kylie and Kelsie, runs Shirlee Downs and Dongadilling Poll Dorset studs and Shirlee Downs Prime SAMM stud.
They have been farming in Quairading since the 1950s and attribute their success to breeding sheep for the industry and constantly striving to improve their flocks.
Their commercial crossbreeding program uses Prime SAMM rams over Willemenup-blood ewes, sourced from their own self-replacing Poll Merino flock, with Poll Dorset rams going over the first-cross F1 breeder to produce topquality prime lambs.
Lieutenant-Governor of WA Wayne Martin, fourth from right, presents the Governor’s Cup to Chris Squiers and his family members, Adrian, Kylie, Fay, Kelsie and Sascha Squiers, of Quairading, and RASWA president Paul Carter.