Na­van­vale cham­pion Hoggs the high­light

Countryman - - WAGIN WOOLORAMA -

In the supreme line-up were three other grand cham­pi­ons, in­clud­ing a four-tooth fine-medium wool Poll Merino ram ex­hib­ited by Sey­mour Park, of Highbury, a four-tooth strong wool Merino ewe from the Dar­i­jon stud, of Nar­ro­gin, and a four-tooth fine wool Poll Merino ewe from the Rangeview stud, at Darkan.

In an­nounc­ing the supreme ex­hibit, judge Wayne Lehmann, of Flairdale Poll Merino stud, South Aus­tralia, said the Na­van­vale ram had achieved the most points be­cause of its struc­tural bal­ance and well-nour­ished wool.

“The ram’s sire was Na­van­vale 1, which goes back to a Ro­se­vale ram,” Chris Hogg said.

“Con­sis­tently breed­ing true-to­type, Na­van­vale 1 is pro­duc­ing up to 30 rams ev­ery year for our an­nual ram sale.”

The Hogg fam­ily were also pleased to win the Coun­try­man Cup with one ram and one ewe in the pairs com­pe­ti­tion, with their supreme ram matched with a Na­van­vale four-tooth medium wool Merino ewe and vy­ing against 16 other pairs.

The win means the fam­ily can com­pete at the Na­tional Wool and Sheep Show at Bendigo in July.

The group class win­ners were well spread among five studs, with An­genup, of Ko­jonup, the only dou­ble win­ner.

An­genup co-prin­ci­pal Rod Nor­rish had odds on his show team com­pet­ing favourable at Woolorama, be­cause of the depth of breed­ing at the stud. The two-tooth medium-wool Merino ram, bred from an old An­genup syndicate fam­ily of heavy cut­ters, was ju­nior cham­pion ram of the show.

Judge John Croake, of Aus­tralian Wool Net­work, Tam­worth, NSW, said the An­genup ram was a top sheep and the judges’ de­ci­sion was unan­i­mous.

In the lamb classes, the grand cham­pion rib­bon went to Wililoo stud for its Poll Merino ram.

Pho­tos avail­able at west­pix.com.au Pictures: Bob Gar­nant

ABOVE: Chris and Mitchell Hogg, of Na­van­vale stud, Wil­liams, with the Woolorama supreme cham­pion ex­hibit, Na­van­vale Holty, a four-tooth medium-wool Merino ram. LEFT: Sey­mour Park co-prin­ci­pal Clin­ton Blight, of Highbury, holds the stud’s grand...

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