Mertex takes Texel trifecta at Bendigo

Mertex takes trifecta in Texel ring


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Victorian Texel stud Mertex scooped the pool of broad ribbons at this year's show in Bendigo.

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The Jorgensen family's Wimmera-based Mertex Texel stud, Antwerp, went home with smiles after taking out the major ribbons for the breed at this year's Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo.

"We had pretty high hopes for both the ewe and ram coming in," Tim Jorgensen said.

The stud brought 12 animals to the show and took home champion ram, champion ewe and supreme exhibit with the ram.

The supreme ram had a deep pedigree on both the paternal and maternal sides with success at the ASWS.

Mr Jorgensen said this was the first show for the young ram and would now go on to Sheepvention in Hamilton and then Adelaide and Geelong.

The 13-month-old champion ewe was the best the stud had bred.

"She's an exceptional ewe. She's AI bred by a sire that was champion at Bendigo in 2003 - so some of our older genetics," he said.

Texel judge Don Cochrane, Western Australia, said his focus was on economic factors, particularly muscle and feet.

Mr Cochrane said the sheep presented, particularly the younger sheep, had good foot structure and walked "very well".

The traditional Texel could be excessively muscled and not as athletic as today's sheep, he said.

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