Vic­to­rian sheep studs clean up at Bendigo

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - NEWS - By DAVID RIZZOLI

STUD masters from around Vic­to­ria ex­hib­ited with out­stand­ing suc­cess at the Aus­tralian Sheep Breed­ers As­so­ci­a­tion’s Sheep & Wool Show held at Bendigo re­cently.

In par­tic­u­lar, the re­gion’s finer wool Merino studs stood out as did a num­ber of breed­ers in the non-Merino sec­tions.

How­ever, it was Richard Beggs’ highly re­spected western dis­trict stud Na­reeb Na­reeb at Glen­thomp­son that took the Vic­to­rian Pair of the Year and then went on to rep­re­sent Vic­to­ria in the com­pe­ti­tion for Na­tional Pair of theYear, which was won by the Navon­dale Merino Stud.

En­tries for the fea­ture breed of the 2016 show came from the three ma­jor Cor­riedale states of Vic­to­ria, South Aus­tralia and Tas­ma­nia.

It was to be a day out for Peter, Marie and Shane Baker and their Lod­don Park Cor­riedale Stud at Bar­inghup, with an al­most clean sweep of the ma­jor cham­pi­onships in­clud­ing the Supreme Cor­riedale Ex­hibit.

Also among Lod­don Park’s broad rib­bons were Grand Cham­pion Ram, Ju­nior Cham­pion Ram, Grand Cham­pion Ewe, Se­nior Cham­pion Ewe, Re­serve Se­nior Cham­pion Ewe, Ju­nior Cham­pion Ewe, Most Suc­cess­ful Ex­hibitor in the Shorn Classes and Most Suc­cess­ful Cor­riedale Ex­hibitor.

Of the re­main­ing broad rib­bons the Black­wood Cor­riedale Stud in Long­ford, Tas­ma­nia owned by Claire and Peter Black­wood won Se­nior Cham­pion Ram and Re­serve Se­nior Cham­pion Ram.

The Sweet­field Cor­riedale Stud at Mount Mo­riac owned by Bron­wyn, Peter and Leigh El­lis won Re­serve Ju­nior Cham­pion Ram, Re­serve Ju­nior Cham­pion Ewe, Cham­pion Shorn Cor­riedale and Re­serve Cham­pion Shorn Cor­riedale.

As hap­pens on so many oc­ca­sions, Paul Wal­ton’s his­toric Wur­rook Stud at Roke­wood, south of Bal­larat, was prom­i­nent among the re­gion’s Merino studs with a swag of broad rib­bons in­clud­ing Supreme Cham­pion Merino Sheep of the Show.

Wur­rook’s other suc­cesses in­cluded Cham­pion Au­gust Shorn Ul­trafine Ewe, Cham­pion Ul­trafine Ewe Any Age, Re­serve Cham­pion Au­gust Shorn Su­perfine Ewe, Cham­pion Au­gust Shorn Su­perfine Poll Ewe, Re­serve Cham­pion Su­perfine Ewe of the Show, Ju­nior Cham­pion Su­perfine Ewe, Cham­pion Au­gust Shorn Fine Wool Ewe and Cham­pion Fine Wool Ewe any Age.

Also fea­tur­ing strongly was the Mount Chal­licum Merino Stud of P.G and K.D. Hartwich at Bal­ly­ro­gan which won Cham­pion Un­housed Ul­trafine Ram, Cham­pion Un­housed Ul­trafine Ewe, Cham­pion March Shorn Ul­trafine Ewe, Re­serve Cham­pion Ju­nior Ul­trafine Ram, Re­serve Cham­pion Ul­trafine Ewe, Cham­pion Un­housed Su­perfine Ewe and Grand Cham­pion Un­housed Ewe.

The Av­ing­ton Merino Stud of Av­ing­ton Farm Pty Ltd at Si­do­nia, man­aged by Dan Korff, was suc­cess­ful win- ning Cham­pion Au­gust Shorn Ul­trafine Poll Ram, Cham­pion Au­gust Shorn Ul­trafine Ram and Re­serve Cham­pion Au­gust Shorn Su­perfine Poll Ewe.

Other lo­cal studs to win broad rib­bons in­cluded George and He­len McKen­zie’s Mon­trose Hill at Il­laba­rook, tak­ing home Cham­pion Su­perfine Ram, Cham­pion Su­perfine Ram of the Show.

Jock McRae, Ei­lan Do­nan at El­phin­stone won Cham­pion March Shorn Finewool Ram and Re­serve Ju­nior Cham­pion Merino Ram.

Mac and John Barty’s Redes­dale-based Bev­er­ley Meri­nos took home Re­serve Cham­pion March Shorn Finewool Ram and the Co­ryule Pas­toral Co’s Stud, man­aged by Craig Trickey at Wil­low­vale won Re­serve Cham­pion Au­gust Shorn Fine Wool Ewe and Re­serve Cham­pion Fine Wool Ewe Any Age.

TASSIE CHAMP: Se­nior Cham­pion Cor­riedale Ram from the Black­wood Cor­riedale Stud in Long­ford, Tas­ma­nia, with (from left) stud prin­ci­pal Peter Black­wood, Ver­mer Jenkin, Aileen Van­der­fen and judge Ge­off Ris­bey from Stan­bury Cor­riedales at WCH, Bookaar.

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