In­ter­breed ends in tie

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An ex­cit­ing fin­ish to the 2017 Royal Mel­bourne Show Sheep Com­pe­ti­tion saw Hillden Poll Dorset Stud at Ban­nis­ter in NSW take out the top prize for in­ter­breed cham­pion ram af­ter the class ended in a tie.

With the six ap­pointed judges un­able to split the Poll Dorset and White Suf­folk rams, re­spected breeder Ian Buck­nall was brought in as over-judge to se­lect the fi­nal win­ner, with owner James Frost ac­cept­ing the award which in­cludes prize gifts from Pa­ton Live­stock Equip­ment, Shear­well Data and An­i­mal Art House.

Ian Kyles from Ashley Park Stud in Bairns­dale was awarded re­serve cham­pion for the White Suf­folk.

A Poll Dorset also won cham­pion ewe, taken out by Val­ley Vista Poll Dorset Stud in Coolac, NSW, with the Scott fam­ily on hand to ac­cept the hon­our.

‘‘We con­grat­u­late the 2017 Royal Mel­bourne Show Sheep Com­pe­ti­tion in­ter­breed cham­pi­ons on their out­stand­ing en­tries and con­tin­ued suc­cess,’’ Royal Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety of Vic­to­ria chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mark O’Sul­li­van said.

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