Young Angora studmaster rewarded with more ribbons

Young Angora studmaster rewarded with more ribbons

ANGORA: Judge Michael Mrowka, West Wyalong, NSW, sashed the supreme champion exhibit a doe shown by Jasey Ferguson, Mallee Park, Hopetoun.

ANGORA: Judge Michael Mrowka, West Wyalong, NSW, sashed the supreme champion exhibit a doe shown by Jasey Ferguson, Mallee Park, Hopetoun.

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Angora exhibits were impressive despite difficult conditions in many areas.

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Hopetoun studmaster Jacey Ferguson has been around the show rings for years and has a track record many would be proud of.

The 13-year-old added to her records at this year's Australian Sheep & Wool Show exhibiting the supreme champion Angora exhibit.

The winning exhibit was a 4-year-old doe that was champion doe in 2018.

Ms Ferguson said the doe had been at shows most of its life.

Angora judge Michael Mrowka, West Wyalong, NSW, found the doe early in judging and nothing came along to sway his feelings away from the champion.

"She's got an amazing fleece and the way she stands and her overall frame are outstanding," he said.

"She stands out with her big frame that means she won't have any problems at kidding.

"If the doe can carry that terrific fleece style and hold that frame and her progeny can hold that, then it will benefit the breed."

Mr Mrowka said the Angora and Mohair industry was coming off a difficult year in many regions.

"Overall this year the entries have been spectacular, particularly coming out of an interesting year," he said.

"I was very impressed with the type and quality despite a difficult year for preparing stock."

He said dry conditions caused problems with kidding.

"This year we are well ahead of last year and kidding should be a lot easier," he said.

Ms Ferguson said she had been running the Mallee Park Angora stud for three years.

"Dad had Angoras and offered me a chance to have a go," she said.

She has 150 Angoras including about 50 does.

Mallee Park also had the champion buck.

Mr Mrowka said the champion buck had an "outstanding frame" and was "very masculine" and would be able to do the job in the paddock.

"His fleece, for an animal that is working, is great and holding together very well," he said.

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