Lincoln wool's winning ways

Lustrous wool stood out in this year's winning Lincolns | Photos

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Rae and Ian Christie, Garvald Lincoln stud, Byaduk, with their champion Lincoln ram and ewe. Photo by Ruby Canning.

Rae and Ian Christie, Garvald Lincoln stud, Byaduk, with their champion Lincoln ram and ewe. Photo by Ruby Canning.

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Quality wool proves the winner for a champion Lincoln.

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The magnificent Lincoln wool on a young sheep from Byaduk's Garvald stud saw it take out the champion ewe ribbon in its section.

Garvald, the only Lincoln exhibitor, won the ram and ewe championship ribbons at this year's Australian Sheep & Wool Show.

Stud co-principal Rae Christie said the winning ewe had "much nicer" wool, than the reserve.

"There is nothing wrong with the other ewe's wool, as the judge said, but this ewe has got really magnificent Lincoln wool," Ms Christie said.

"She stands up well and she is just 12-months-old."

Ms Christie said the ewe had beautiful, long locked, lustrous wool.

"I guess we try and concentrate on keeping our broad lock with the lustre in it, which is the character of the Lincoln," she said.

Ms Christie said the older ram took out the champion ribbon.

"By the time they get to 3[-years-old], they are much bigger and he is only in half wool," she said.

"The younger ram will be an up and coming ram, in 12 months time."

She said it was hard to keep Lincoln genetics fresh.

But she said four breeders were present at the ASWS, which made it worthwhile.

"They are not exhibiting, but it's always nice to get the breeders together," she said.

It was likely Garvald would use some of the genetics from the breeders who attended the ASWS.

Judge John Beattie, Esdale, Yarrawonga, said the sheep were very good examples of the Lincoln breed.

"The older ram is far brighter in the wool than the younger one," Mr Beattie said.

"I think as Lincolns get older, the wool gets more lustrous."

He said while the Christies were the only Lincoln entrants at this year's show, their animals were still highly competitive.

"We did have a feature show at Benalla in May and the Christie's weren't there, but their sheep would have stood up very well," Mr Beattie said.

He said there were still 11 registered Lincoln studs, with around 350 ewes.

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