Finley High School’s breeding program has produced the best lamb ram in Australia, according to judges at the Australian Sheep & Wool Show.
The school competed in the Bendigo event at the weekend.
FHS Agriculture teacher Gary Webb said their winning Poll Dorset lamb ram was shown by student Hamish Congdon.
‘‘Our winning ram is a very well grown lamb, and he was one of the largest in his class,’’ Mr Webb said.
‘‘The judges described him as fresh and having great style. Every year we’re entering better sheep.
‘‘One of the comments from the judges noted the improvement the school has made with its sheep over the years. That has been achieved through our genetics program.
‘‘We can’t afford to buy rams as a school, so we do rely on semen donations and offers of joining.’’
Mr Webb said the school’s winning ram lamb was bred using genetics donated by Hillden Poll Dorset Stud Oberon. The artificial insemination program itself was supported by Genstock at Jerilderie who donated their time and services.
The school also won the Poll Dorset Aggregate Novice Breeder trophy after placing first in the novice ram and lamb sections, second in the lambs and second and third with their ewes.
The school also claimed third placing in the School Interbreed Competition, fourth in the Pair of Ewes and fifth and sixth places in the 2016 August drop ram class at Bendigo.
The results follow success for the school at the Holbrook Sheep and Wool Show in June, where it was named the Most Successful School exhibiting.
FHS Agriculture teacher Robyn O’Leary said the results place the school in good stead for upcoming competitions.
‘‘The school is pretty excited. We were in pretty good company at both events, so they are great achievements.’’
The next event for the High School is the 100th Finley Show to be held on September 3.