Young stud masters enter Dorset Horn ring

The Sturgess daughters get competitive with their Dorset Horn stud

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Trudy, Lisa, Abigail, Kyle and Elizabeth Sturgess with their Redline ram that was named grand champion at the NSW Dorset Championships in Cowra.

Trudy, Lisa, Abigail, Kyle and Elizabeth Sturgess with their Redline ram that was named grand champion at the NSW Dorset Championships in Cowra.

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Trading as EAT Livestock, Elizabeth, Abigail and Trudy start their sheep stud.

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Redline Dorset Horns, West Wyalong has arrived on the sheep show circuit with some of the youngest stud masters in the country.

The Sturgess girls, Elizabeth, 7, Abigail, 5 and Trudy, 2 run Redline Dorset Horns and trade as EAT Livestock, named after their initials.

Their parents Kyle and Lisa Sturgess have had Poll Dorset stud, Redline since 2004 and said they set up the Dorset Horn stud for their daughters to foster an interest in sheep.

"We picked the Dorset Horns because we thought when they are keen to get into the show ring it's a breed they can be competitive in," Mrs Sturgess said.

"It was also just a natural choice, having Poll Dorsets ourselves."

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Mrs Sturgess said both herself and Kyle had a soft spot for heritage breeds.

"Kyle first became interested in heritage breeds when he was at Billabong High School in Culcairn, they were part of the ag program and I grew up stewarding the sheep section with my mum at the Bathurst Royal," Mrs Sturgess said.

Mr Sturgess said the girls had already become competitive in the paddock.

"They know their sheep, we drive around the lambing paddock and they can spot them," Mr Sturgess said.

"They go, "Dad that ones got horns, that's our one.

"It's a real competition now, one of my Pollie ewes will have a single lamb and they'll have a Dorset Horn ewe right beside it with twins and they'll say "Dad look you've only got one, we've got two."

The stud has also been competitive in the show ring, their ram named grand champion at the NSW Dorset Championships in Cowra, while they took home a host of ribbons at the Gundagai show.

"At Gundagai Elizabeth wore a ribbon around her neck all day, she gets very excited when they win" Mrs Sturgess said.

Elizabeth said she was just happy the ribbons made it home to hang in her room.

"I'm happy the sheep didn't chew the ribbons up," Elizabeth said.

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