Lamb comp a suc­cess

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News -

ONE of the more fiercely con­tested sec­tions at the Warwick Show was the prime sheep and lamb com­pe­ti­tion.

Steeped in a long, proud his­tory and tra­di­tion, the com­pe­ti­tion kicked off on Fri­day with lo­cal breed­ers right through to high school stu­dents vy­ing for the cov­eted awards.

Stu­dents from Dalby State High School were ec­static with their show­ing, tak­ing out third place in the light pen of three lambs, 42kg to 47kg class.

Teacher Ja­nine Milne said the show was the fourth the school ag team had trav­elled to in as many weeks.

“It’s been a lot of fun for us, and the kids have re­ally en­joyed get­ting out, see­ing the re­gion and show­ing off their hard work,” she said.

“We’ve been to Bell, Tara, In­gle­wood and now Warwick.

“The team scored grand cham­pion at In­gle­wood and now we’re gear­ing up well and truly for the Ekka and the prime lamb com­pe­ti­tion there com­ing up shortly.”

Ms Milne said the team had won grand cham­pion at the Ekka in past years.

“That’s the big one and we’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to it,” she said.

“We’ll be cer­tainly chas­ing that again.”

Stew­ard Glen Whit­ton said the com­pe­ti­tion had been strong.

“It was a great turnout this year,” he said.

“We had 111 en­tries, which al­most dou­ble on last year’s and cer­tainly nudg­ing close to the record en­try of 134 lambs.”

Mr Whit­ton said judge Andrew Jack­son had been im­pressed with the qual­ity of en­trants.

“He said the com­pe­ti­tion was of a very high cal­i­bre and con­grat­u­lated all the en­trants on the stan­dard,” he said.

Supreme cham­pion lamb was won by the Shel­ley Fam­ily Trust, Roy and Gail Fleet­wood won re­serve cham­pion lamb, Ian and Jackie Cullen won cham­pion pen of wethers, and brother and sis­ter team of Bri­anna and Wil­liam Gross won cham­pion pen of three prime lambs.

Bri­anna said the fam­ily had long been in­volved in the show com­pe­ti­tions.

“We love the an­i­mals, so it’s a lot of fun for us to en­ter,” she said.

“We’ve won a cou­ple of rib­bons this week­end, which makes it even bet­ter.”

The Gross’s lambs sold at the fol­low­ing prime lamb sale to Kil­lar­ney Butch­ery for $200 a head.

PHOTOS: JONNO COLFS

WOR­THY WIN: Bri­anna and Wil­liam Gross af­ter win­ning cham­pion pen of three lambs at the 2018 Warwick Show.

RIGHT: Mar­lee Grady, Sara Wil­son, Jay­den Schultz-Gille­spie and Mia Tur­rell from Dalby State High School at the 2018 Warwick Show.

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