Dongadilling in Poll Dorset win
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.
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.