Lamb comp a success
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.
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.