Lewisdale claims Poll champion

Poll Merino winners cover many states at Australian Sheep and Wool Show 2017


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INTERSTATE studs took out the grand champion Poll Merino ram and ewe.

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Grand champion Poll Merino ram: Lewisdale, Wickepin, WA

Res: Oakbank, St Arnaud, Vic

Grand champion Poll Merino ewe: Alfoxton, Armidale, NSW (fine)

Res: Melrose, Nurrabiel, Vic

Champion ultrafine wool Poll ram: Rosedale, Kojonup, WA

Res: Avington, Sidonia, Vic

Champion ultrafine wool Poll ram: Avington

Res: Bocoble, Moolarben, NSW 

Champion superfine wool Poll ram: Wurrook, Rokewood, Vic

Res: Alfoxton, Armidale, NSW

Champion superfine wool Poll ewe: Sherlock, Sherlock, SA

Res: Grathlyn, Mudgee, NSW

Champion fine wool Poll ram: Alfoxton

Res: Melrose

Champion fine wool Poll ewe: Alfoxton

Res: Melrose

Champion fine/medium wool Poll ram: Lewisdale

Res: Seymour Park, Narrogin, WA

Champion fine/medium wool Poll ewe: Alfoxton

Res: Kedleston Park, Calivil, Vic

Champion medium wool Poll ram: Manunda, Tammin, WA

Res: East Mundalla, Tarin Rock, WA

Champion medium wool Poll ewe: East Bungaree, Hallett, SA

Res: Terrick West, Prairie,Vic

Champion strong wool Poll ram: Oakbank

Res: East Mundalla

Champion strong wool Poll ewe: Radnor, Murray Bridge, SA

Res: Kedleston Park

INTERSTATE studs took out the grand champion Poll Merino ram and ewe.

The fine/medium ram from West Australian stud Lewisdale, Wickepin, that took the title was named Cohen 65, after the principals’ Ray and Helen Lewis’s grandson.

Judge Ben Wilson, Wilgunya stud, Dirranbandi, Queensland, described it was an outstanding ram with beautiful, rich wool. He said it would cut a lot of wool.

Mr Wilson said the fine/medium sire had a beautiful spring of rib and outstanding purity in the wool and muzzle.

"He is a terrific sire."

The four-tooth sire is a twin by Rhamily Benny and out of a Western Purple ewe and has wool figures of 20.8 micron, 3.2 SD, 15.4 CV and 99.4pc CF. Armidale, NSW, based stud Alfocton won grand champion Poll ewe of the show. Principal Chris Clonan said the fine wool ewe that had also done well at Sydney Royal Easter Show. It was embryo bred by sire Alfoxton Sampson, which was the champion fine wool ram in 2015 sold for $28,000.

The winning ewe had wool measurements of 16.7M, 2.7 SD and 99.8pc CF.

Cilla Clonan​, Alfoxton, Armidale, NSW, with the grand champion Poll Merino ewe. Photo: Laura Griffin

Cilla Clonan​, Alfoxton, Armidale, NSW, with the grand champion Poll Merino ewe. Photo: Laura Griffin

WA stud Rosedale Poll, exhibited the champion ultrafine wool Poll Merino ram.

Lewisdale's grand champion Poll Merino ram with Paula Blight, John Sherlock, Ray Lewis, and judge Benn Wilson. Photo: Jodie Rintoul

Lewisdale's grand champion Poll Merino ram with Paula Blight, John Sherlock, Ray Lewis, and judge Benn Wilson. Photo: Jodie Rintoul

Ultrafine wool judge Kevin Beaton, Kevlyn stud, Coojar, Victoria, said the Rosedale sire was a very square and correct ram with a beautiful ultrafine wool which tests well.

The four-tooth ram was sired by an Alfoxton sire and had wool figures of 15.0M, 2.4 SD, 16.0 CV and 99.9pc CF.

Russell and Heather Meaton said their Rosedale stud was one of very few studs in WA with ultrafine Merinos.

“We love being in the shearing shed and the feel of that wool,” Mr Meaton said. 

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