We had another very successful Adelaide Show campaign, including:
- Junior Champion Border Leicester Ram
- Reserve Junior Champion Border Leicester Ram
- Champion Border Leicester Ram
- Interbreed Longwool Champion Ram
- Reserve Junior Champion Border Leicester Ewe
- 2nd Breeders Group
- 1st Sires Progeny Group
- 1st and 2nd Objective Measurement Class
- Winner Best Ram Head
- 1st Pair of Shorn Sheep
- 1st Pen of 3 Rams
- 2nd Interbreed Pen of Three Rams
- Most Successful Exhibitor
Lachie and Trevor James, Coolawang Border Leicester stud, Mundulla, with the Reserve Grand Champion Border Leicester Ram and Grand Champion Border Leicester ram. The same rams also claimed the Junior Champion and Reserve Champion accolades.
Photo courtesy of The Stock Journal
Article courtesy of The Stock Journal
By Elizabeth Anderson
Amid 'fierce' competition, Coolawang Border Leicesters, Mundulla, emerged with the champion ram ribbon for its aptly-named young sire, Victory 2.
The 13-month-old ram was named Junior Champion, then Champion, in its first showing. It weighed 102 kilograms, with a fat depth of 12 millimetres and eye muscle depth of 40mm.
Victory 2 had Australian Sheep Breeding Values of 2.23 post-weaning weight, 0.47 post-weaning fat, and -0.54 PWEMD.
Coolawang principal, Trevor James, Mundulla said the ram was a favourite of his. "It parades so well, is good on its legs and stands square," he said. "It's a very alert sheep - always interested in what's going on."
Judge Jeff Sutton, Temora, NSW, commended the champion ram on its bone quality.
"The Champion ram is balanced, upstanding, with good neck extension and width in the back legs," he said. "It's a mighty powerful ram, with lovely stretch, style and balance. It has a lovely nature and is a real credit to the breeder."
Mr Sutton also praised the reserve champion ram, another from Coolawang.
It weighed 102kg and measured 8.5mm fat, 39EMD, 1.19PWWT, 0.57PFAT and 0.08PWEMD.
"It's a lovely fine-fleeced animal with good style and balance," he said.
The reserve junior champion ewe was selected in an unconventional manner.
Mr Sutton exercised his option to include a Coolawang ewe that caught his eye in the under 1.5 years shorn pairs.
"It's a magnificent ewe - upstanding, lovely and even right throughout," he said.
Mr Sutton was full of praise for the top quality of sheep, describing it as a 'fierce' competition.
"Based on the style and quality of sheep paraded, SA continues to produce some of the best sheep in the country," he said.