Interbreed ends in tie
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.