MILLICENT'S Glenarbian stud rose to the top of the Texel feature-breed judging with an 11-month-old ewe described by New South Wales judge Graham Gilmore, Tattykeel stud, Oberon, as faultless.
He described the August 2012-drop supreme Texel exhibit, weighing 78 kilograms with an eye muscle depth of 40 millimetres and fat depth of 5.5mm, as an "outstanding sheep"
"She stands perfectly and holds her head up proud," he said. "I have not seen a better Texel ewe."
Mr Gilmore admired her meaty body and beautiful topline all the way from the shoulder to the hind leg.
She outclassed the champion ram, entered by Tullamore Park stud, Donald, Victoria.
It was the third supreme exhibit ribbon in the Texel judging for Glenarbian stud principals Ian and Barbara Nitschke, who exhibited seven sheep, also placing second in the performance class.
"It was the first time she has been shown but we were fairly confident we would do well," Mr Nitschke said. "She is a really complete balanced ewe with beautiful laid-in shoulders. It is an absolute dream to win supreme."
*Full report in Stock Journal, July 25 issue, 2013.