Queens­land’s finest ram for 2017 named

Mt As­cot Meri­nos nabs ti­tle of state’s best ram

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Front Page - MEGAN MASTERS megan.masters@thechron­i­cle.com.au

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.

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