A four-tooth Poll Merino ram, successful in the longwool classes as champion medium wool and later judged grand champion ram bred by Doug Walker, Wongara Poll Merinos, Old Junee, was awarded the Lugsdin Toyota Bill Lamb Trophy for supreme ram of ewe at the 69th Hay Sheep Show.
Judges were David Rankin, Moama, Peter Rogers, Mount Yulong, Victoria and Matthew Coddington, Roseville Park, Dubbo.
Flock judge was Eddie Morgan, Mutooroo Station, Broken Hill.
Associate judges were Emma McCrabb, Hay, Kasey Mullighan, Wyara, SA., and Tom Lilburne, Hay.
Hay Sheep Show committee president Ian Lugsdin described the 69th show as 'brilliant considering the prevailing conditions.'
"The quality here today is the best I've seen and although numbers are back a bit, the sheep are a credit to the exhibitors," he said.
"The stud sheep are just stunning - it has been a great day."
Mr Lugsdin said the Hay Sheep Show is one of the few country shows which are still growing.
"We have had some of Australia's best Merino sheep here, from the traditional, dual-purpose and modern types," he said.
"We also had the largest crowd we have seen for many years.
"There are lots of young people here with a passion for the Merino and they want to learn as much as they can."
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- Full results next week