Col­lege makes its mark

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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.

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