Memo­rial award an hon­our

Great Southern Herald - - Television - Bob Gar­nant

The Lynch fam­ily, of Hy­den, were awarded their first WAMMCO Pro­ducer of the Year award last week at the lamb meat co-op­er­a­tive’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing.

Donna Lynch, who was on hand to ac­cept the Judy Cameron Memo­rial Per­pet­ual Tro­phy, said she had shared many past pleas­antries with the late Ms Cameron, who was by all ac­counts one of WAMMCO’s favourite of­fice con­tacts.

“This pres­ti­gious award, which car­ries Ms Cameron’s mem­ory, was ab­so­lutely bril­liant to win,” Ms Lynch said.

“The ac­knowl­edge­ment con­firms we have learned from how we se­lect ge­net­ics from ram studs and the class­ing of our ewes which cor­re­lates to what the mar­kets re­quire.”

Ms Lynch and her hus­band, Tom, who is a third-gen­er­a­tion farmer, run 5000 breed­ing ewes.

The Lynches share a pas­sion to help re­build WA’s sheep flock.

The cou­ple, who run a 60/40 crop­ping/sheep pro­gram across two farms and one leased prop­erty, turn off their lambs mostly on pas­ture, stub­ble and hay, but will also feed­lot if re­quired to meet weight spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

“We have been mar­ket­ing our lambs to WAMMCO since 1999,” Ms Lynch said.

“Our cross­bred lambs con­sist of Poll Dorset-cross Merino, Poll Dorset-cross Prime SAMM and Prime SAMMcross Merino, with rams sourced from KD Ge­net­ics and Tiarri-Uralla stud.”

WAMMCO sup­ply de­vel­op­ment man­ager Rob David­son said the main cri­te­ria for the top awards in the car­case com­pe­ti­tion was based on the con­sis­tency of de­liv­ery of pro­duc­ers’ en­tire lamb turn-off.

“The sweet spot is an 18 to 26kg car­case with a fat score of be­tween two and three,” he said.

“This com­pe­ti­tion has an au­to­matic en­try to all our pro­duc­ers who have a min­i­mum of 250 cross­bred or Merino lambs.”

Mr David­son said a to­tal num­ber of 64,000 lambs were part of the com­pe­ti­tion cal­cu­la­tions, with bonus points given for spring de­liv­er­ies.

“We achieved a 69 per cent for lambs that met spec­i­fi­ca­tion,” he said. “This year’s top three plac­ings un­der each of the five cat­e­gories were very close in point tal­lies and it was great to have re­turn con­sis­tency from pro­ces­sors in­clud­ing last year’s over­all win­ners, the Quar­ter­maine fam­ily, who fin­ished sec­ond in their cat­e­gory.”

Pic­ture: Bob Gar­nant

WAMMCO chair­man Craig Heg­ga­ton, right, presents the Judy Cameron Memo­rial award to Donna Lynch, of Hy­den, pic­tured with Mon­ica Lynch, Ben Fletcher and Lin­con Gan­gell.

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