Queensland’s finest ram for 2017 named
Mt Ascot Merinos nabs title of state’s best ram
NIGEL Brumpton has high hopes for the Queensland sheep industry despite tough conditions at Mount Ascot Merinos this season.
Mr Brumpton’s family has run the stud since 1956 and he said if Queensland could get on top of its wild dog problems and get a decent break from drought, the stud was well placed to provide restockers with impeccable pedigree.
It was celebration central at the stud this week as the Brumptons picked up their 14th Queensland Ram of the Year title out of the past 17 years.
Ascot Bill started out with the Queensland Junior Ram of the Year title before going on to win the Queensland Ram of the Year title at the Queensland State Sheep Show.
The prize merino ram will go on to represent the state at the upcoming national titles in Dubbo.
Mr Brumpton said it was no mean feat to pick up the title and it was welcome news in what was otherwise a bit of a tough year on the stud’s two properties at Cunnamulla and Mitchell.
The stud consisted of about 8000ha at Mitchell and 38,000ha at Cunnamulla.
He said this year they would shear about 16,000 head of sheep, but the ideal was closer to 20,000.
“We’re fortunate that we got about 50mm of rain out of Cyclone Debbie, which saved our bacon, but we certainly need more rain now,” he said.
“Out at Cunnamulla we’re hand feeding at the moment.
“We had a bit of a reprieve with a bit of rain last winter, but we started feeding half of them about two months ago.
“It’s good sheep country and the merinos do very well in it – plenty of wool and lambs – but we just need a little bit of rain and to get the roos under control.”
He said he now had cluster fencing on the property to help with the wild dog problems, but estimated there were three to four kangaroos to every head of sheep inside the fencing competing for grazing.
He said they fenced the Mitchell property years ago and had all pests well under control there.
But despite the ups and downs of life on the farm, Mr Brumpton said it had been a busy show season, with the stud competing in recent weeks at the Roma, Mitchell and Charleville shows and the Cunnamulla Show coming up this weekend.
Ascot Bill picked up Supreme Exhibit at all shows he’d attended and also won a Best Pair title when teamed with one of the stud’s ewes.
“They will go on to compete at the Merino National Pairs Competition in Bendigo in July,” Mr Brumpton said.
Mr Brumpton said merinos were definitely in the blood, with children Felicity, Charlie and Lachie Brumpton winning the Grand Champion All Purpose Merino title at the state show with Jolly Jumbuck Thumper, bred through their poll merino stud, Jolly Jumbuck, which runs alongside Mt Ascot Merinos.
BEST IN SHOW: Nigel and Rosemary Brumpton, of Mount Ascot Merinos, with the best merino pair at the Queensland State Sheep Show.