Poll Dorsets again supreme

Poll Dorsets again supreme


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For the second year the Poll Dorset breed cleaned-up all interbreed awards through Tattykeel stud, Oberon.

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Tattykeel's Poll Dorset group winners of the Peter Taylor Memorial Perpetual Trophy. Holding sheep are Kirsty, Graham and James Gilmore with Kelvin Cronk, Kaybunda, Old Junee, sashing.

Tattykeel's Poll Dorset group winners of the Peter Taylor Memorial Perpetual Trophy. Holding sheep are Kirsty, Graham and James Gilmore with Kelvin Cronk, Kaybunda, Old Junee, sashing.

Michelle Heffernan, Graham Gilmore's sister, presents their parents' John and Mavis Gilmore Memorial best interbreed pair trophy. The ram is held by James Gilmore.

Michelle Heffernan, Graham Gilmore's sister, presents their parents' John and Mavis Gilmore Memorial best interbreed pair trophy. The ram is held by James Gilmore.

James Gilmore, Tattykeel Poll Dorsets, Oberon, holds the supreme interbreed exhibit, the ram being sashed by RAS Sheep and Wool committee chairman, Greg Andrews.

James Gilmore, Tattykeel Poll Dorsets, Oberon, holds the supreme interbreed exhibit, the ram being sashed by RAS Sheep and Wool committee chairman, Greg Andrews.

IT WAS deja vu in the meat and dual purpose sheep interbreed supreme judging at Sydney Royal Show, with the Gilmore family's Tattykeel Poll Dorset stud, Oberon.

Tattykeel won all four awards like it did on the same judging mats last year, starting with the coveted Peter Taylor Memorial Perpetual Trophy group of a ram and two ewes.

Each of the 10 breeds judged days prior were represented. Since the trophy's inception, Tattykeel stud has won the award 20 times. Representing all breed judges, Poll Dorset judge Will Milroy, Range View stud, Pipers River, Tasmania, said Tattykeel's trio was a complete group.

"They are very even, with the ram a fantastic weight for age and the two ewes met up beautifully," he said.

Tattykeel's winning team were all sired by a Dubbo State Sheep Show grand champion, Tattykeel Jackpot, a son of Tattykeel Torque, a previous Sydney Royal champion. The ewes were embryo transfer sisters by Jackpot, one ewe also being the grand champion Poll Dorset ewe and the other, a member of the stud's winning pair.

The Border Leicester breed placed second was represented by Normanhurst stud, Boorowa, while third place went to Baringa White Suffolks, Oberon.

Gilmore pair

The John and Mavis Gilmore Perpetual Trophy is awarded for the best pair of all 10 breeds, made up of both grand champion ram and ewe, and was also won by the Poll Dorset team from Tattykeel, which took out the ram and ewe grand champion double for the seventh time.

This was the Tattykeel entries' first showing with Dubbo State Sheep Show their next quest.

The White Suffolk grand champion ram and ewe, shown by Baringa stud, were runners-up, while Wattle Farm Border Leicesters, Temora, was in third.

Supreme awards

Tattykeel stud continued its run, and the Poll Dorset breed's clean-sweep, by taking the supreme ram and ewe awards with the stud's grand championship duo.

However, when it came to the supreme exhibit, the judges chose the Tattykeel ram, described by Poll Dorset judge, Will Milroy, as a beautiful style of a sheep.

"When he paraded before me he claimed the floor and really stood out," he said.

Graham Gilmore said the awards were all due to the combined effort of his family and the Tattykeel team.

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