Victorian sheep studs clean up at Bendigo
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.