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Wattle win, ewe beauty!

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August 24, 2017

Wattle Park tasted success at the Elders Riverina Sheep Expo, with the Finley-based stud claiming the Riverina Performance Ewe of the Year in Deniliquin on Friday.

Judge Andrew Scott said the Wattle Park ewe had the best cover of wool and looked like a good breeder.

Wattle Park’s John Jamieson, who hasn’t missed an expo since it started nine years ago, said his winning ewe was structurally sound.

‘‘It has a good carcass and is still very young,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s good to see the kind of growth it has had for that age. We’re pretty happy with the win.’’

The speed shear was again a popular event at the expo with Bruce Rollinson from Goolgumbla, Jerilderie claiming the title for the second year in a row.

Bruce clocked in with an impressive time of 3:44 minutes, with runner-up Simon Cootes posting 6:59 mins.

Angus Munro finished third with 7:29 mins and Chris Bowman overcame a slow start to clock in at 8:20.

Australian Food & Agriculture Company, more commonly known as FS Falkiner & Sons, claimed its fifth consecutive Riverina Ram of the Year title at the expo, which attracted hundreds of people to the Peppin Heritage Centre despite the cold and windy conditions.

The day also included a fashion parade, static displays and the crowd-pleasing butchery display by ‘Bob the Butcher’.

Errol Horneman from Elders Deniliquin said it was a successful day despite the cold weather.

‘‘Numbers were down a little bit compared to previous years but it was still a good day,’’ he said.

‘‘Boonoke have a bit of a hold on the Ram of the Year award, but there were a couple of others that pushed them a bit in the judging.’’

Rams from AFAC’s Boonoke and Wanganella properties have dominated since the expo was moved back to the Peppin Heritage Centre several years ago.

Judge Hamish McLaren, from Nerstane Merino Stud in Woolbrook, said there was a wonderful line-up with terrific wools in the main event on Friday.

‘‘The Boonoke Poll winner was a very big ram that was perfect on its feet,’’ he said.

‘‘He had beautiful neck extension, a big belly and nice white wool.

‘‘It was a tough decision but it was the pure balance of the ram that got it over the line.’’

Other results from the expo: Merino Ewe of the Year – Terrick West; Performance Ram of the Year – Induro Stud; Feature breed (Dohne) – Koonik Stud.

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