Don­gadilling in Poll Dorset win

Countryman - - NEWS - Bob Gar­nant

The Squires fam­ily, of Don­gadilling Poll Dorset stud, Quairad­ing, brought their best sheep to the IGA Perth Royal Show, win­ning the breed supreme ex­hibit award for their ef­fort.

Be­fore the top-awarded Don­gadilling ram, tag 122, was sashed cham­pion, it ear­lier won its Bal­moral Ram class — un­der 1.5-year-old — against 11 to­tal en­tries.

The 123kg-ram recorded a 49mm squared eye mus­cle depth, fat of 7.3 and mea­sured a body length of 825mm.

Sired by Gloroy 130628, the ram — Don­gadilling 17-0122 — recorded Lam­bplan fig­ures of 0.50 BWT, 8.6 WWT, 14 PWWT, -0.7 Pfat, 1.1 Pemd and a Car­case+ in­dex of 184.2.

Nine class win­ners were rep­re­sented in the cham­pion ram line-up, of which judge Ian Kyle, of Ash­ley Park stud, Vic­to­ria, said there was a lot to like.

“The sash went to the ram out of the Bal­moral class which ex­em­pli­fied the breed and was clean in the head with a great hindquar­ter, nice smooth loin, even coat colour and the ram’s coat was tight in the wool,” Mr Kyle said.

The ram was then up against the cham­pion ewe, ex­hib­ited by the Garnett fam­ily, of Curlew Creek, which ear­lier won its un­der 1.5-year-old class of 10 en­tries.

Mr Kyle said the thick ewe had a lot of mus­cle through the spine as well as a good hindquar­ter, and was smooth in the front end.

“She is a very classy, beau­ti­fully boned ewe with plenty of meat,” he said.

Mr Kyle sashed a Don­gadilling ram as re­serve cham­pion. It was from the un­der 1.5-year-old class of 11 en­tries.

“It was an ex­cep­tion­ally bal­anced ram with beau­ti­ful hindquar­ter,” he said.

The re­serve cham­pion ewe award was awarded to the Fair­clough fam­ily, of Stock­dale stud, with the young ewe ear­lier be­ing sashed cham­pion ewe lamb.

“The young ewe, born on or af­ter April 1, had plenty of stretch and loin and car­ried a beau­ti­ful clean head and was walk­ing well,” Mr Kyle said.

The Squires fam­ily, through their Shirlee Downs stud, won the cham­pion ram lamb award.

“The ex­tra long ram has am­ple hindquar­ter, was struc­turally sound, good on its feet and had muscling through the spine,” Mr Kyle said.

Pic­tures: Bob Gar­nant

With the supreme ex­hibit of the Poll Dorset judg­ing, a Don­gadilling ram, are Adrian Squires, his daugh­ter Stella and niece Zarah and judge Ian Kyle.

With the cham­pion Poll Dorset ewe, ex­hib­ited by Curlew Creek, are Dem­sey and Col­lyn Garnett, of Curlew Creek, and judge Ian Kyle, of Vic­to­ria.

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