Tassie trio’s show tri­umph

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News - Roger Han­son

TAS­MA­NIAN sheep breed­ers have shone at the Royal Ade­laide Show, with three studs win­ning cham­pion ram sashes.

Brett Stokes, from No­ble-Lee Suf­folk Stud at Cam­pa­nia, made his de­but at the show with a bang, claim­ing the in­ter­breed cham­pion ram rib­bon with a black suf­folk.

Paul Day, from Sun­ny­banks White Suf­folk Stud near Pen­guin, won ju­nior cham­pion ram for the breed with an Au­gust-drop ram and An­drew McLauch­lan, of Valma Poll Dorset Stud at White­more, won ju­nior cham­pion poll dorset ram.

There were sheep en­tries from five states, with the suf­folk the fea­ture breed this year.

Mr Stokes’ No­ble-Lee Stud sold the in­ter­breed cham­pion ram for $16,000, an Aus­tralian record price for a suf­folk ram.

The buyer was Mount Spring Stud in South Aus­tralia.

An­other ram went for $12,000 to the Ayles­bury Farm Stud, also in South Aus­tralia, giv­ing him a sale av­er­age of $14,000.

Mr Day said the re­sults were out­stand­ing for Tas­ma­nian breed­ers.

“It’s like win­ning an Aus­tralian ti­tle. This is a big deal for three breed­ers to win cham­pion sashes with their rams,” Mr Day said.

This was the fourth time he has ex­hib­ited at the show.

In the white suf­folk classes, breed­ers from NSW, Vic­to­ria, South Aus­tralia, Tas­ma­nia and West­ern Aus­tralia ex­hib­ited 288 en­tries, the big­gest show­ing of the breed in Aus­tralian his­tory.

“The judges liked the over­all cor­rect­ness of our ram. I am re­ally happy, ac­tu­ally stoked by the re­sult,” Mr Day said.

His win­ning ram sold for $11,000 to a buyer in NSW.

“I had four rams up for sale, the oth­ers went for $7000, $6000 and $4000.

“So we are de­lighted.” Mr Day will be re­turn­ing to the main­land next week for the Bendigo Elite White Suf­folk Show and Sale.

The Sun­ny­banks Stud will be hold­ing an on-prop­erty sale on Novem­ber 13.

The McLauch­lan fam­ily’s Valma Poll Dorset Stud has the No.2 flock of the breed in Aus­tralia, with An­drew’s grand­fa­ther hav­ing started breed­ing poll dorsets in the 1940s.

“They are a to­tally Aus­tralian breed and devel­oped here,” Mr McLauch­lan said.

“The judges liked our style of sheep.

“We have later coun­try stock help­ing pro­duce stronger rams with good per­for­mance fig­ures.”

The ju­nior cham­pion poll dorset will be of­fered via Auc­tion­sPlus dur­ing the Mel­bourne Show on Sep­tem­ber 25.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

QUAL­ITY: An­drew McLauch­lan from Valma Poll Dorset, Paul Day from Sun­ny­banks White Suf­folks, and Brett Stokes from No­ble-Lee Suf­folks, with their win­ning rams at the 2017 Royal Adeaide Show.

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