Greenland in front in medium-strong wool

Greenland in front in medium-strong wool

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Ben Alcock, Greenland Merinos, Bungarby, with the champion fine-medium wool Merino ram bred by his grandfather and father, John and Greg Alcock.

Ben Alcock, Greenland Merinos, Bungarby, with the champion fine-medium wool Merino ram bred by his grandfather and father, John and Greg Alcock.

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Father and son John and Greg Alcock, Greenland Merinos, Bungarby paraded the leading sheep in the medium-strong wool section at the Canberra Royal

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Judge Kim Cartwright, Fullerton stud, Crookwell only had a small selection of sheep to consider in the medium-strong wool section but he thought the standard was exceptional.

“It was not the biggest display of these types of sheep in the world but there was enormous quality all through the individual classes,” Mr Cartwright said.

“It is a credit to the breeders who persist with showing the improvements in the sheep and are prepared to compare their efforts against others.”

John and Greg Alcock, Greenland stud, Bungarby bought forward the young ram which went on to be judged the junior champion of the show.

Mr Cartwright commented on the March-shorn junior ram’s appeal when he said it stood correctly with an excellent outlook and rich wool.

“I liked the length of staple which was deeply crimped and with great handle,” he said.

“He is also very well grown for a young ram, showing a lot of body depth and width across his back.”

The Alcock family also showed the champion medium-strong wool ram, which had come through the four-tooth March-shorn class. 

The AI son of a Tara Park sire, he went on to be judged supreme medium-strong wool exhibit and Mr Cartwright was very impressed with the manner in which the ram presented himself, along with a fleece which was showing all of the desirable traits of staple length and density necessary for the class of sheep.

“His wool was just a little bit sharper, a defined crimp and very soft,” he said.

John and Greg Alcock had further success in this section when their four-tooth March-shorn ewe was awarded the championship with another of their four-tooth ewes sashed as reserve champion. 

The daughter of a Westray sire, the champion attracted Kim Cartwright’s attention for the completeness of her finish, carrying a very productive fleece on a great body. “A very feminine ewe with tremendous productive potential,” he said.

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