College makes its mark
Kiara College students excelled in the ring during this year’s White Suffolk judging at the IGA Perth Royal Show, with their grand champion ewe a stand-out in the tight contest.
The ewe, from the under 1.5-years category, was out of Kiara 13105, another of the stud’s award-winning entrants in 2016.
Judge Anthony Ferguson, of Anna Villa White Suffolk stud in Weetulta, South Australia, selected the ewe for its physical attributes.
“From the moment she walked out, she had stood out,” he said.
“She was feminine, big and in forward condition ... just a magnificent specimen.
“She was a touch overdone, but carried herself nicely and was a beautiful White Suffolk.”
The June 2017-drop ewe recorded a 15.7 PWWT, -0.8 for Pfat and a Pemd of 1.2.
Another stud that shone in the ring was Yonga Downs, of Gnowangerup, with stud principal Brenton Addis taking home the ribbons for reserve champion ewe, champion ram and reserve champion ram.
Mr Ferguson said the champion ram, from the Lambplan class, was a clear winner.
“I didn’t judge him in the LambPlan class, but I noticed him,” he said. “I went up and had a look, and he was just an extreme carcase sheep.
“He was a very good animal, with very good figures to match up ... he will build some very good flock rams.”
Mr Ferguson said the State’s White Suffolk producers were on the right track with their breeding objectives.
“They are doing a magnificent job. The breed is jumping ahead,” he said. “They are trendy but deservedly so.”
Judge Anthony Ferguson with Kiara College students Chloe Pears, 15, and Wade Slatter, 15.
Elders Merredin livestock manager Gordon Smith, Yonga Downs stud handler Josh Addis, judge Anthony Ferguson and Yonga Downs stud principal Brenton Addis with reserve champion and champion rams.