Giv­ing your ewes their due

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Waikato farm­ers are in­vited to en­ter the New Zealand ewe hogget com­pe­ti­tion, in­clud­ing a con­test for the ti­tle of na­tional supreme cham­pion hogget flock. Now in its 16th year, the an­nual com­pe­ti­tion iden­ti­fied top op­er­a­tors and re­warded ex­cel­lence, or­gan­is­ers said.

Ob­jec­tives in­clude se­lect­ing flock re­place­ments likely to be more pro­duc­tive and prof­itable over their life­time.

Na­tional con­venor Stephen Rab­bidge said the com­pe­ti­tion gave farm­ers na­tion­wide the op­por­tu­nity to bench­mark their flocks against oth­ers. It also gave farm­ers the chance to com­pare dif­fer­ent farm­ing sys­tems and learn from other com­peti­tors as well as the judg­ing panel, Mr Rab­bidge said.

En­tries close on March 21. Af­ter en­ter­ing, com­peti­tors will be sent a more de­tailed en­try form re­quired by the judges.

Judg­ing will take place next month and the na­tional final is from April 27 in Christchurch.

The win­ners will be an­nounced at a din­ner at the Ho­tel Ash­bur­ton in June with the fi­nal­ists viewed on screen along with their prop­erty. The over­all win­ner will host a field day on their prop­erty.

Greg Burgess from the New Zealand Sheep­breed­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion said the suc­cess of the com­pe­ti­tion was partly due to the many vol­un­teers who tapped farm­ers on the shoul­der, en­cour­ag­ing them to en­ter.

The prizes over­all are worth more than $20,000. Breed sec­tions in the com­pe­ti­tion in­clude peren­dale, coop­worth, rom­ney, cross­bred, com­pos­ite (three crosses or more) and fine wool (in­cor­po­rat­ing merino, cor­riedale and half­bred).

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact NZ Sheep­breed­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion: Greg Burgess, phone 03 358 9412 or email greg@nzsheep.co.nz.

2011 WIN­NERS: Ewe Hogget com­pe­ti­tion win­ners Phil Hunt and Lizzie Car­ruthers.

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