THE Australian White breed continued to make headways at the NSW State Sheep Show in Dubbo, this year welcoming 72 head to the mat for its first ever feature breed showcase.
Judged by Danny Teskera of Roslynmead West sheep studs, Echuca, Victoria, the show welcomed breed enthusiasts and interested parties from throughout South Australia, Victoria, NSW and Queensland.
Tattykeel dominated the event, with a clean sweep of all major breed champion sashes in both the ram and ewe sections.
Champion ram went to Tattykeel White Gold 200131, a ram that came out of the pair of April drop pairs class.
Mr Teskera could not speak highly enough of his grand ram selection, saying he was a ram that ticks so many boxes.
"I spoke to you about balance and overall phenotype, and he has everything in this one package; chock full of meat, strong spine and long bodied," he said.
"For me he is a really special ram that is probably 10 per cent above anything else that is in this ring, and there are a lot of good rams in the ring.
"I rate him very highly."
He was by the $45,000 ram, Tattykeel ET 190130, that sold to Dubai at last year's record-breaking Tattykeel Australian White Sale and was the reserve champion Australian White ram at the Sydney Royal Show.
Also coming from the pairs class was the reserve champion ram, Tattykeel ET 200163, a son of Tattykeel Remington ET 180208 that was retained by the stud.
It was a tight decision for Mr Teskera when it came to selecting his reserve, commenting there was some really great rams that display so much capacity and meat, characteristics that meet industry demands when producing prime lambs.
"I ended up going coming down to a slightly younger ram, a young ram that has phenomenal growth for his age and overall capacity," he said.
Graham Gilmore of Tattykeel stud said at this stage the two top rams will be offered for sale in the stud's annual on-property sale at the end of September.
A beautiful, feminine ewe with a moderate maturity pattern caught the eye of Mr Teskera during the April/May 2019 born ewe class, and he had to take her all the way to the champion spot.
Tattykeel ET 200076 was the eye-catching individual who was debuting at the Dubbo feature show. She was an embryo transfer-bred ewe sired by Tattykeel Remington.
"The owners would be pretty proud to have that ewe in their paddock, I would be -she is a class act," Mr Teskera said.
Commenting on the line-up of ewes, Mr Teskera commended the exhibitors saying they were all feminine, sound and of breed type.
The reserve champion ewe was awarded to Tattykeel ET 200098 that came out of the pair of ewes born April/July 2020 class.
"If you have a look at that ewe she is powerful, long bodied, stands on four great feet and I feel she fits in the reserve spot," he said.
Most successful Australian White exhibitor was presented to Tattykeel, who also won the groups class.
Tattykeel's exhibits went on to win champion shedding breed ram, champion shedding breed ewe and champion shedding breed interbreed group.
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