A strong lineup of ten groups representing the major breeds influencing the current prime lamb production in Australia competed for the Fred Eldering Memorial for Interbreed Group at the Royal Canberra Show.
Judges, Peta Bradley, New Armatree Border Leicesters, Gilgandra, Scott Woodley, Kurraview Suffolks, Dubbo, Ed Thomas, Jemalong Wool, Cooma and Brendan Mansbridge, Brooklyn Poll Dorsets, Eugowra where assisted by associate Sarah Graham from New Zealand in their deliberations.
After careful consideration the nod was given to the team paraded by the Scott family, Valley Vista Poll Dorsets, Coolac representing the Poll Dorset breed and sashed by Jason Barker.
The team was led by the ram which had been judged Grand Champion Poll Dorset and presented with the Bob Ramm Memorial Trophy.
His sire was purchased at the 2015 Kurralea Poll Dorset sale at Ariah Park for $11,000 in partnership with Garry and Catherine Armstrong, Armdale Park Poll Dorsets, Marrar.
During the Poll Dorset classes, judge Scott Woodley, considered the ten month old ram outstanding for his length and depth, and the manner in which he presented his true characteristics.
“He is a very good ram with great carcase quality and a credit to the breed,” Mr Woodley said.
Valley Vista studmaster, Andrew Scott, said the ram had come through the Pair of Rams class.
“He is a smooth type exhibiting plenty of growth, excellent muscle and good shoulders for a young ram,” he said.“For the group, we matched him a pair of ewes which were equal for type and quality, very meaty ewes, and well carcased.”
The two ewes were sired by Valley Vista rams, indicating the solid genetic depth of the stud.
Along with exhibiting the Supreme shortwool ewe, which had been judged Grand Champion Poll Dorset ewe, Valley Vista also exhibited the Reserve Champion ram and ewe when parading in the Poll Dorset classes.
“She was a very good representative of her breed,” judge Scott Woodley commented when awarding the ewe her Grand Championship.
“Hard to fault, very correct and complete.”
Schools compete for honours at Canberra
The Royal Canberra Show is seen as a great venue for schools to parade their show teams, which are part of the educational curriculum.
At this years show, Michael Corkhill, Normanhurst Border Leicesters, Boorowa, presented the Supreme Schools Exhibit to the Corriedale ewe, bred in the Badgally stud, St Gregory’s, Campbelltown and paraded by student Daniel Watkins.
Judge Ed Thomas, Jemalong Wool, Cooma, considered the ewe was superior for her “beautiful long body, with good wool all over.”
St Gregory’s also exhibited the Champion School’s longwool ram, while judge Scott Mitchell, Rene White Suffolk stud, Culcairn thought the Texel ewe bred in the Braidwood Central School’s stud was Champion shortwool ewe and the School’s shortwool ram Championship went to Yanco Agricultural High School, for their White Suffolk.
Caption: Zac, Sally and Joe Scott, Valley Vista Poll Dorsets, presenting their winning team in the Fred Eldering Memorial for the Interbreed Group. The ram was also Champion Poll Dorset ram. winning the Bob Ramm Memorial Trophy.