ONE Riverina ram has shined in the Wiltshire Horn ring, not only being named the grand champion ram of the show, but also sirering other major award winners.
O'Loghlin Giant exhibited by Jason O'Loghlin, Deniliquin, was the eye-catching ram that won the ram over one year of age class, before going all the way in the Wiltshire Horn judging officiated by Peter Shepherd, Wheeo, Crookwell.
Sired by one of the O'Loghlin's home bred rams and from a ewe that was the champion of the Sydney Royal Show a few years ago, as well as the champion and supreme at Melbourne in the same year, the grand champion Giant was described as an excellent ram that will make a good sire.
And that he did, with his progeny claiming grand champion ewe and reserve grand champion ram.
"We used him (Giant) as a six-month-old in stud, and the young rams and ewes here are his progeny," Mr O'Loghlin said.
"He was shown at Melbourne (Royal Show) last year where he was the reserve ram. He will be retained and now go to Bendigo in July and the feature show at Melbourne in September."
O'Loghlin 6062 was the daughter of Giant that won grand champion ewe, and was described by Mr O'Loghlin as a ripper little ewe.
Judge Mr Shepherd said the young ewe showed excellent maturity, especially for being a very young ewe.
"She is excellent all round, with a good head on her," he said. "She is an excellent prospect for breeding."
Reserve champion ram went to O'Loghlin 6001, who was also the winner of the production class, while reserve champion ewe was O'Loghlin 160008.
The O'Loghlin stud topped off a very successful show being named the winner of the Wiltshire Horn breeder's group along with the winners of the Peter Taylor Group of three, including one ram and two ewes.
Mr Shepherd said the Wiltshire Horn exhibits were a very good type of sheep for their breed, showing excellent maturity.