From Dalgety to Peak View to Adaminaby, fourteen Merino breeders entered the 88th annual Merino ewe competition run under the auspices of the Berridale Agricultural Bureau.
For the 2017 competition return judge Rick Power, Landmark stud sheep specialist, Boorowa was joined by Richard Chalker, studmaster Lach River Merino stud, Cowra.
Awarded the John Mooney Trophy for Overall Winner, Jane and Brett Constance, “Athlone”, Peak View, have now been successful with this prize for the fifth time, with their July-shorn Yarrawonga-blood flock.
Commenting upon the “Athlone” flock, Rick Power told Jane and Brett, the sheep are “a credit to you”.
“This is a nice flock of sheep, very well presented and very well classed,” Mr Power said.
“Their body shape, wool cut, style and character … can’t complain about them.”
Richard Chalker noted the amount of wool the ewes were carrying and particularly pointed out their excellent fronts.
“They are good ‘shearable’ fronts and you would get a lot of wool of these sheep.” Mr Chalker said.
Neil Lynch, “McCarthy’s” Berridale, won the John Coy Peoples Choice with his May-shorn Main Range-blood flock.
He was also successful in winning Cottage Park Trophy for first in medium/strong wool section.
Rick Power noted the tremendous conformation and wool cutting ability of the flock.
“For a Monaro-type sheep, with softness and width … this is where we probably should be,” Mr Power said.
Richard Chalker also appreciated the growth and style of the ewes bred by Neil Lynch.
“They have a beautiful lock structure and great heads and width of body,” Mr Chalker said.
“To breed this flock in five years was an amazing effort.”