Redline are Dorset Horn champions

Redline are Dorset Horn champions

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Judge Finlay MacDonald, Fairburn White Suffolks, Porcupine Ridge, Victoria with exhibitor Kyle Sturgess, Redline, West Wyalong and his champion Dorset Horn ewe.

Judge Finlay MacDonald, Fairburn White Suffolks, Porcupine Ridge, Victoria with exhibitor Kyle Sturgess, Redline, West Wyalong and his champion Dorset Horn ewe.

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Four entries were on the mat for the Dorset Horn class

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There were only four entries in the Dorset Horn section, but judge Finlay MacDonald was deliberate in assessing each exhibit on their respective merits.

All of the sheep were shown by Kyle Sturgess on behalf of his daughters Elizabeth, Abigail and Trudy Sturgess who formed the Redline Dorset Horn stud at West Wyalong.

Mr Sturgess and his wife Lisa manage the Redline Poll Dorset stud on the family property and started the Dorset Horn stud to encourage participation by their daughters.

"We like the Dorset Horn type and want to keep the breed going," he said.

"It certainly has a place in the prime lamb industry."

Mr Sturgess said their sire, bought from the Pinewalla stud, Crookwell was doing a wonderful job in his daughter's stud.

Mr MacDonald said it wasn't an easy task judging the breed as each of the entries in the ram and ewe classes were so even, a credit to the Sturgess family to breed consistency within a small flock.

He said the champion ram had a bit more scale and stretch with plenty of cover compared to the reserve.

"He is so correct with plenty of width over his back end and through his thighs," he said.

In the ewe class, Mr MacDonald had two milk-tooth ewes to judge for the championship.

"The champion is a very neat ewe, productive and correct and with a wonderful outlook," he said.

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