Poll Boonoke does it again

Poll Boonoke continue their winning streak at Elders Riverina Sheep Expo


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The Elders Riverina Merino ram of the year from Poll Boonoke with Livestock Manager, Justin Campbell, Malcolm Hunt, Elders, Annie Romanian from Apiam Animal Health, judge, Ken Noakes, Forbes, Clyde McKenzie, Elders and Poll Boonoke stud manager Shannon Mitchell.

The Elders Riverina Merino ram of the year from Poll Boonoke with Livestock Manager, Justin Campbell, Malcolm Hunt, Elders, Annie Romanian from Apiam Animal Health, judge, Ken Noakes, Forbes, Clyde McKenzie, Elders and Poll Boonoke stud manager Shannon Mitchell.

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Poll Boonoke and Willandra take Merino awards at Elders Riverina Sheep Expo

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For the seventh consecutive year, a ram from Australian Food and Agriculture Company, Conargo has taken out the Elders Riverina Merino ram of the year.

It was the sixth win for AFA's Poll Boonoke stud while in 2013 their Wanganella ram took the title.

Judge, Ken Noakes of Karowara Plains Poll Merino, Forbes said if he had to describe the winning ram in a few words he would say he has an "essence of uniqueness about him, the qualities that make him special."

"He first caught my eye with his strong presence, good head and neck extension and great width across the shoulders, carried right through to the rump," Mr Noakes said.

"He has a tremendous quality and quantity of wool production, fine-medium type, good in staple length, density and brightness.

"An ideal ram."

Poll Boonoke 180874 was one of 12 Merino rams presented on the day, with a Terrick West ram placed second and a Willandra ram in third.

The winning ram measured 19 microns with a standard deviation of 2.8 and comfort factor of 99.8 percent.

An ET ram by White River 160546, he has had recent success at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo, named the Australian Merino All Purpose Ram, the reserve champion March-shorn Medium Poll ram and reserve junior champion ram.

Poll Boonoke stud manager, Shannon Mitchell said the winning ram was used in last year's AI program and his progeny was of an equal standard.

"He's going to stay with us as a semen sire," Mr Mitchell said.

The Elders Riverina Merino ewe of the year from Willandra with Heidy and Angus Heath, judge, Ken Noakes, Forbes and Clyde McKenzie, Elders.

The Elders Riverina Merino ewe of the year from Willandra with Heidy and Angus Heath, judge, Ken Noakes, Forbes and Clyde McKenzie, Elders.

The Elders Riverina Merino ewe of the year was awarded to Willandra Merino Stud, Jerilderie.

Mr Noakes said their ewe was a lovely shaped ewe.

"She has a good length in the body, well-rounded, spring of ribs and she was conformationally very sound," Mr Noakes said.

"Great density wool and staple length, well crimped and showing very good colour."

The ewe, Willandra 23, measured 18.3 microns with a standard deviation of 2.7 and comfort factor of 99.8 per cent.

At the Australian Sheep and Wool Show the ewe was named grand champion March-shorn ewe, champion strong wool ewe and junior champion ewe.

Heidy Heath of Willandra said the ewe, who had only just cut her teeth, was sired by Wallaloo Park 422 with the dam a Desmond daughter.

Wattle Park White Suffolk sweep the mat in Performance  

The Elders Riverina Performance ram of the year from Wattle Park with judge, Joe Scott, Coolac, Hayley Marciniak, Rivalea, Phillip Murrawood, Finley, Annie Romanian, Apiam Animal Health, Clyde McKenzie, Elders, John Jamieson, Wattle Park and Andy Whitsed, Rivalea.

The Elders Riverina Performance ram of the year from Wattle Park with judge, Joe Scott, Coolac, Hayley Marciniak, Rivalea, Phillip Murrawood, Finley, Annie Romanian, Apiam Animal Health, Clyde McKenzie, Elders, John Jamieson, Wattle Park and Andy Whitsed, Rivalea.

Wattle Park White Suffolks, Finley took out both the 2019 Elders Riverina Performance ram of the year and the Performance ewe of the year.

Judge, Joe Scott from Valley Vista, Coolac said their ram was picked because of his striking outlook and his figures.

"I was very happy with his depth, the way he stands, very correct on his feet," Mr Scott said.

"I picked him out first but then he also had the numbers, his performance data, to justify being the top ram.

"He's going to last his five or six years as a sire and do his part in the marketplace."

The ram, Wattle Park 337, was a June-drop and weighed 127.5 kilograms, with a fat depth of 11 millimetres and eye muscle depth of 49mm.

Wattle Park stud principal, John Jamieson said he was by a Sunnybank ram who was reserve champion at the Bendigo Elite White Suffolk and Suffolk Show.

Mr Jamieson said they have their upcoming on farm sale but they would be holding on to their winning ram.

"I'll have a few sons of the Sunnybank ram for sale but this guy will definitely be staying at home, he'll be a stud ram," Mr Jamieson.

The Elders Riverina Performance ewe of the year from Wattle Park with stud principal, John Jamieson, judge, Joe Scott, Coolac and Clyde McKenzie, Elders.

The Elders Riverina Performance ewe of the year from Wattle Park with stud principal, John Jamieson, judge, Joe Scott, Coolac and Clyde McKenzie, Elders.

The winning ewe from Wattle Park was the youngest in the line up and still had her milk teeth.

Mr Scott said she showed great potential.

"She has a very good carcase, stands up on her feet extremely well and has figures there to match," Mr Scott said.

The ewe, Wattle Park 366, weighed 93.5kg and had a fat depth of 8mm and eye muscle depth of 42mm.

Mr Jamieson said the Elders Sheep Expo was the first showing for both their winning ram and ewe.

"I'm very happy with that, she's straight out of the paddock and it's been tough conditions so it's great to have those sort of numbers on her scan," Mr Jamieson said.

"She's a really good type of young stud breeding ewe.

"She's a real White Suffolk type, she's clean over the head and really good on her feet."

Michael and Claire Bull win Northern Clip of the Year

Elders Northern Clip of the Year winner Michael Bull, Conargo with Clyde McKenzie and Richard Norton, Elders.

Elders Northern Clip of the Year winner Michael Bull, Conargo with Clyde McKenzie and Richard Norton, Elders.

Michael and Claire Bull from Conargo won the Elders 2018-2019 Northern Clip of the Year. The wool was classed by Jim Dickson of Caroonboon.

The Bull's clip was first named the best January clip before being named the overall winner.

Mr Bull explained they had switched to short shearing intervals of around eight months and ever since then they had got very good results.

The clip averaged 18.2 microns and measured 69mm with a staple strength of 43 Newtons per kilotex.

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