You beaut ute salute to suc­cess

Countryman - - FRONT PAGE - Bob Gar­nant

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.

Pic­ture: Bob Gar­nant

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek

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.

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