Supreme champion: Sweetfield, Mount Moriac
Champion ewe: Sweetfield
Champion ram: Sweetfield
Sweetfield Corriedale stud’s ewe was described by the judge as the exhibit with the most potential for the breed, as it took out supreme exhibit at the Royal Melbourne Show.
Judge Richard Archer, Quamby Plains, Hagley, Tasmania, said with two lambs-at-foot, the ewe could display its ability to rear, while maintaining its quality.
Sweetfield stud principal Bron Ellis said the three year-old ewe had a “ripper carcase”, with good length of body.
Ms Ellis said the two “ripper lambs-at-foot” also proved her milking ability.
“The lambs are already looking good, with nice, crimpy, soft fleeces,” Ms Ellis said.
The ewe will be retained in the flock to be bred from.
But the champion ram, also exhibited by Sweetfield, would not have the same fate.
Ms Ellis said Pedro, who was the supreme Corriedale exhibit at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo earlier this year, would be offered at the multi-vendor Corriedale sale at Ballarat in November.
She said while it was a tough decision to sell the outstanding ram, “that’s what we breed them for”.
“He’s got a ripper carcase, good eye muscle, and bold character in his fleece,” she said.
“He’s a true Corriedale.”
Sweetfield also took out most successful Corriedale exhibitor.