Fam­ily tops in sheep­meat stakes

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High­bury prime lamb pro­duc­ers Perrin and Gayelle Quar­ter­maine were beam­ing with pride with their young daugh­ter Tessa and the in­au­gu­ral WAMMCO Pro­ducer of the Year tro­phy in hand at an awards func­tion in Katan­ning last week.

It was the in­au­gu­ral WA Meat Mar­ket­ing Co-op­er­a­tive com­pe­ti­tion which re­placed the past State Prime Lamb Car­case com­pe­ti­tion and a big crowd of vis­i­tors pro­vided en­thu­si­as­tic sup­port.

The Quar­ter­maines, who farm with Perrin’s par­ents, Paul and Colleen Quar­ter­maine, run 6500 breed­ers in their ap­proach in a swing away from wool and to­wards meat pro­duc­tion through early growth, fer­til­ity and mus­cle.

“Al­though we use merino ge­net­ics as a base, buy­ing in our ewes, we se­lect Multi Pur­pose Merino sires from Hill Padua stud to pro­duce a first cross­breeder which we then put a Poll Dorset ram over,” Perrin said.

Perrin read a mes­sage from his dad, Paul who was trav­el­ling in Europe, which read: “We are so hon­oured to re­ceive this award named in the mem­ory of Judy Cameron”.

“Her cheer­ful dis­po­si­tion with her, ‘how are you go­ing mate?’ will sadly be missed,” Paul said.

“The thrill this year was pro­duc­ing good lambs out of an ex­cel­lent spring flush. The au­tumn de­liv­ery weights were boosted by the co­pi­ous green feed pro­duced by the Fe­bru­ary floods.

“Our pur­chase of an auto-drafter has made weigh­ing and draft­ing more ef­fi­cient, which also con­trib­uted to the high per­cent­age of lambs in the de­sired weight range.

“On be­half of my fam­ily, in­clud­ing Colleen, Perrin and Gayelle, I thank WAMMCO for this award.” WAMMCO sup­ply de­vel­op­ment man­ager Rob David­son said the new com­pe­ti­tion re­quired grow­ers to de­liver de­fect-free car­cases weigh­ing 18.1 to 28kg with a fat score of be­tween 2-3 all year round.

“Out of a score of 100, most marks (80) are as­signed to car­case spec­i­fi­ca­tion with the bal­ance (20) as­signed to numbers de­liv­ered with higher points for deliveries out­side the spring flush,” he said.

The other four win­ners were G&B Robin­son, of Babakin (cross­bred, medium sup­plier), P & WM Kelly (cross­bred, small sup­plier), TM & CA Brown, of Jer­ra­mungup (merino, large sup­plier) and ED & JA Wyatt, of Pin­gar­ing (merino, small sup­plier).

The per­pet­ual award was named af­ter Judy Cameron, and her daugh­ter Ta­mara Peucker pre­sented the in­au­gu­ral award.

High­bury prime lamb pro­duc­ers Perrin and Gayelle Quar­ter­maine and their daugh­ter Tessa, were the win­ners of the in­au­gu­ral WAMMCO Pro­ducer of the Year com­pe­ti­tion.

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