Finley stud aims for third Elders expo win

August 09, 2017

Wattle Park owner John Jamieson, Errol Horneman from Elders Deniliquin, Phil Murrowood from Wattle Park and Rebekah Ricketts from Novartis Animal Health with the stud’s Performance Ram of the Year at the 2013 event.

Finley’s John Jamieson has never missed attending or competing in the Elders Riverina Sheep Expo.

At the ninth annual expo, to be held Friday next week (August 18), Mr Jamieson hopes to add to the two broad ribbons he’s picked up at the Deniliquin event over the years.

He won the Performance Ram of the Year award in 2013 with one of his Wattle Park White Suffolks, and also claimed 2015 Elders Riverina Feature Breed White Suffolk.

‘‘I have not missed an expo; I think it is a very good day,’’ Mr Jamieson said.

‘‘It’s even a good day out if you don’t intend to buy any sheep — there’s so much to do.

‘‘I commend Elders Deniliquin for setting it up.’’

Mr Jamieson will be taking several sheep to Deniliquin for the expo, entering ‘‘a few’’ in both the Performance Ram of the Year and Performance Ewe of the Year categories.

‘‘They are true White Suffolks with good shoulders, good length and meat,’’ Mr Jamieson said of his entries.

‘‘White Suffolks are high carcass yielders and good suckers with dense fleece. They’re found all over the region and produce early finishing lambs.

‘‘They’re the right type to go over Merino or cross bred ewes.’’

Mr Jamieson’s Wattle Park White Suffolk Stud will be one of 35 participating in the expo.

In addition to the performance categories, other judging sections are Riverina Ram of the Year, Riverina Ewe of the Year, and the feature breed which this year is Dohne.

Designed as a celebration of the region’s sheep and wool industry, the expo will be held at the Peppin Heritage Centre and Museum in George St from 10am.

It will also feature the announcement of the Northern Clip of the Year, shearing competitions, a homage to the wool fashion industry and more.

Of the studs participating, seven will be Dohne, 12 are British breeds, and the rest Merinos.

And the many other attractions of the day will provide additional appeal, according to organiser and Elders Deniliquin employee Errol Horneman.

‘‘The blade shear will return for the third year, and we also have a fair few new suppliers coming along,’’ he said.

‘‘Bob the Butcher is confirmed to return who was popular with the crowd last year.

‘‘We also expect to have a few other attractions too, including on-site simple health checks.’’

There will also be the traditional wool fashion show and the Wonders of Wool exhibition.

‘‘The expo is a pretty prestigious event,’’ Mr Horneman said.

‘‘The whole idea of the expo is about supporting the industry and making sure it stays alive and well.’’

The expo kicks off about 10am and closes about 4pm. It’s held in the heart of Deniliquin’s central business district, at the Peppin Heritage Centre and Museum.

For more information, contact Elders Deniliquin on (03)58905100.

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