Allendale's Suffolk success continues

Allendale's Suffolk success continues

Royal Melbourne Show

Allendale stud swooped most of the broad ribbons in the Suffolk judging at the Royal Melbourne Show.



Supreme exhibit: Allendale, Bordertown, SA

Champion ram: Sayla Park, Kilmore

Reserve: Allendale

Champion ewe: Allendale

Reserve: Allendale

Most successful: Allendale

ALASTAIR Day's Allendale stud swooped most of the broad ribbons in the Suffolk judging, backing up last year's supreme Suffolk exhibit success.

This time around it was a ewe that took home the biggest prize in the breed, having previously been reserve champion ewe at the Adelaide Royal just three weeks earlier.

Judge David Pipkorn described the ewe as a "complete animal, with tremendous fleshing through the loin and hindquarter, who parades exceptionally well".

"The supreme handles herself well, I had the opportunity to put my hand on her loin and compare her to the ram and while she's missing some testosterone hormones to help build that muscle she has compared very well and for that reason she got over the line," Mr Pipkorn, of Depta Grove stud, Lake Hindmarsh, said.

Allendale also exhibited the reserve champion Suffolk ewe, a sheep Mr Pipkorn said had "tremendous length" and was "great on its feet and legs".

"The.breed will benefit a lot from these ewes in the future," he said.

Jon Sutherland, Sayla Park stud, Kyneton, and his ram 180147 was the only thing that stood between Allendale and a clean sweep of the broad ribbons, having exhibited the champion ram.

The August-drop ram weighed 125 kilograms with 12 millimetres of fat, a muscle depth of 53mm and muscle width of 104mm.

"The ram is tremendously square, balanced through all parts of the carcass, great fleshing through loin and hindquarter, and great on his feet and legs," Mr Pipkorn said,

An Allendale ram from the previous class, the under 1.5-years-old judging, was sashed reserve champion Suffolk ewe.

Mr Pipkorn commended the 122kg sire on its bone and length.

It had 9mm of fat, muscle depth of 53mm and a width of 99mm.

That ram was sired by the Allendale Suffolk ram that was supreme interbreed ram of the show in 2018, having been used as a ram lamb.

Allendale also won the sires progeny group, the group of three and group of four classes, as well as most successful exhibitor.


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