A true to SAMM type ram won supreme exhibit over the champion ewe under Coonalpyn judge Ike Ashby, because of its trueness to type and masculinity.
The top gong was the icing on the cake for Ungarra stud, Lawral Park, as they continued on a winning reign throughout the day’s judging, snapping up all the broad ribbons.
A son of Bobby Dazzler, the May 2016-drop twin, weighed 129.5 kilograms and had a 48-millimetre eye muscle depth with 7mm yearling fat.
The 15-month-old’s dam was a South African frozen embryo, that won champion ewe at the Royal Adelaide show two years ago.
Stud principal Campbell Lawrie said the supreme exhibit was the stud’s number one ram for weight gain.
“Since we recorded the weights at weaning, it has had a gold-star behind him from day one because he just kept gaining more and more,” he said.
Mr Ashby, Mount Alma Dohnes principal, said he put the champion ram over the ewe exhibit for the top title because its size and muscling.
“It was a lovely scaled, big ram, with a straight top line,” he said.
“Its best feature was definitely muscling and I was looking for a supreme exhibit that was true to SAMM type and to me, he fit the bill perfectly.
“Because the ewe was such a similar sheep, it came down to personal preference because it was hard to separate the two.”
Another Lawral Park twin exhibit won reserve champion ram after placing in second place behind the supreme, in class ram under 1 and half years, showing no more than two teeth.
A son of one of the stud’s homebred sires, it weighed 124kg and had a 47mm EMD and 7.5mm fat.
It had a fleece measurement of 21.8M.
A Lawral Park 15-month-old triplet from a South African sire, and dam that won champion ewe at the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show three years ago, mirrored its dam and won champion after impressing Mr Ashby with its spring of rib and conformation.
The champion ewe began its successful year at the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show and backed it up at the Royal Adelaide Show.
It weighed 97kg and had a 21.7M fleece measurement with a 200-day EMD of 37.9mm and 3.1mm fat at 200 days.
The champion won its class ewe, under 1 and half years showing no more than two teeth.
Mr lawrie said “she’s done the double win”.
“I was really hoping she was going to get supreme, she was my preference,” he said.
“Not taking anything away from the ram but the ewe offers me more and shined right from the start when we selected her out of the paddock in March.”
A half sister to the Lawral Park supreme exhibit won reserve champion ewe, after placing second behind the champion, in class ewe, under 1 and half years, showing no more than two teeth.
It had a 22.2M fleece and weighed 101.5kg with a 200-day EMD of 37.1mm and 3.6mm fat at 200 days.
Mr Ashby said its buttock shape and muscling were ahead in maturity than other exhibits and also class categories.
“You couldn’t look pass it in the lineup,” he said.