Tri-state victories in White Suffolk broad ribbons

Tri-state victories in White Suffolk broad ribbons


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Three states fought out the broad ribbons for the White Suffolks at Sheepvention this year.

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The Wingamin White Suffolk stud of the Shillabeer family, Karoonda, South Australia, took home the honours for the grand champion ram at this year's Sheepvention.

Champion ewe was won by an entry from the Mertex stud of Tim Jorgenson, Antwerp, continuing on from the stud's raging success at the Australian Sheep & Wool Show in July.

Other broad ribbons included the Rene stud, Culcairn, NSW, taking the junior champion ram, with the reserve going to Ashley Park stud of the Kyle family, Bairnsdale.

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Reserve senior champion came from the Bundarra stud of the Funke family, Bordertown, SA.

White Suffolk judge Troy Fischer, Ashmore White Suffolk stud, Wasleys, South Australia, said it was a high quality showing.

"I was looking for sheep with balance, good structure and good carcase attributes," he said.

"I had no trouble finding plenty of animals that met that criteria.

"In lots of classes the first five sheep were really high quality entries - Royal show type standard.

"It was pleasing to be able to judge such high quality offerings."

Mr Fischer said the champion ewe was beautifully balanced ewe, really good structurally with a terrific carcase and growth for age was outstanding - "she was hard to fault".

Mr Fischer said the champion ram wasn't the biggest ram but had the balance he was looking for.

"Terrific carcase, walked well and had lots of meat in the right places," he said.

"He'd be competitive wherever he was shown."

Mr Fischer said terminal sires could be getting too big and capping terminal size could be worth looking at.

"We want rapid early growth, that's key, but if we can cap that mature weight it's got to be good for everyone," Mr Fischer said.

Senior and grand champion ram - Wingamin was sired by Warburn 48 that the stud purchased for $16,000 from Griffith, NSW, in 2017.

Caitlin Shillabeer said the sire had a lot of progeny on the ground at Wingamin.

"He is breeding exceptionally well for us," she said.

"This is the first showing for the ram and he will go to Adelaide Royal from here," she said.

"He was used as a ram lamb and it will be interesting to see what the lambs come up like."

Scott Mitchell, Rene White Suffolk stud, Culcairn, NSW, capped a successful run across four recent shows when he showed the junior champion ram and reserve champion ewe at this year's Sheepvention at Hamilton.

This was just the second show for the junior ram that was reserve junior champion at the ASWS in July.

Mr Mitchell said the you ram was out of Rene 126-18 and sired by Sunnybanks 45.

He said Sunnybanks was purchased about three or four years ago and was the sire of the stud's whole team at Hamilton.

"He's done a brilliant job," he said.

"He's got a lot put a lot of real White Suffolk-type through our stud. He's put a lot of length and muscling and correctness - he's done a really good job for us," Mr Mitchell said.

The young ram would go to the Adelaide Royal and was listed for sale.

Mr Mitchell said it would the first time back to Adelaide for some time.

"We've got the team we have tried to breed for a few years now so it's an opportunity to go back and try to sell some rams through the south.

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