Badcocks put champ on block
THE Badcock family was delighted their Southdown ram made it a successful venture at the Royal Hobart Show.
Chris Badcock, who runs Fairbank White Suffolk Stud with father Frank, said the ram was a good representation of Southdowns, winning supreme exhibit as well as champion Southdown and interbreed ram sashes.
“We are really happy. It’s a rare win for Southdowns at Hobart, it’s very pleasing,” Chris said.
“It’s the first interbreed ram we’ve won at Hobart. He’s got true Southdown characteristics,” Frank said.
The ram will be Lot 3 as part of Fairbank’s on-property auction on Thursday. It will offer 156 rams across three breeds. The stud also breeds Poll Dorset and White Suffolk.
Maree Anderson, from Twin Pines Poll Dorset stud at Sprent, judged the Poll Dorset, Southdown and Hampshire breeds.
“The supreme exhibit was an outstanding ram with structural correctness, quality carcass and a good representative of his breed,” Mrs Anderson said.
Brett Stokes, from Noblee Suffolk stud, continued his streak picking up interbreed group with his Suffolks.
Mr Stokes will join Kevin Baker, of Maccelslie Park for an on-farm sale on November 15. Maccelslie Park, which won a few show sashes for its white face and Poll Dorsets, will offer 66 rams and Noblee 15 Suffolk rams.
Paul Day, who runs Sunny-banks and Faraday Park studs at Penguin had a success- ful trip, taking the interbreed champion ewe with a June-drop White Suffolk exhibit.
“It’s a good result going up against more mature ewes,” Mr Day said.
The Days will offer Poll Dorset and White Suffolks, along with Charollais at their on-farm stud ram sale on November 13 starting at 3pm.
As a terminal sire, he said, Charollais produced early maturing, fast-finishing lambs. The stud has pure and composite Charollais rams for sale.
MINIATURE Goat Breeders Association of Australia show manager Jan Roberts said it was the first time the goats were judged at Hobart.
“We had a great turnout of well presented miniature goats, with 35 entries from four breeders,” Mrs Roberts said.
Sandra Hoffman, of Kirrasumm Kids Stud, at Pawleena, won best miniature goat exhibitor, taking home the perpetual Toni Ryan Shield.
“We are constantly improving to breed pure Australian goats,” Mrs Hoffman said.
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