Lofty son ascends to top March-shorn title

Royal Adelaide Show 2019: Lofty son climbs to top March-shorn title


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A 21 micron strong wool ram paraded by Greenfields stud co-principal Robert Sullivan, Hallett, picked up top honours in the March-shorn Merino judging.

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A 21 micron strong wool ram paraded by Greenfields stud co-principal Robert Sullivan, Hallett, picked up top honours in the March-shorn Merino judging.

It put the writing on the wall when it won a strong under 1.5 years class, beating a quality 21.4M rival from another Hallett district stud, East Bungaree, owned by the Brooks family.

Strong wool judge Max Wilson, principal of Wilgunya Merino stud in the drought-stricken Dirranbandi district of south-west Qld, was full of praise for the young Greenfields sire.

Mr Wilson must have wondered what was falling on the roof of the sheep shed during judging, as his property has only received 50 millimetres of rain so far this year.

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"It was a standout," Mr Wilson said of the grand champion.

"Its length of body, size of body had the edge on everybody else."

The grand champion ram was a son of Greenfields 6.1 Lofty, which earned the Sullivan family supreme honours at last year's Royal Adelaide Show.

Lofty was AI-bred from Hinesville Pharoah - the NSW Ram of the Year in 2015 for the Chapman family, Delegate.

Heather and John Dalla, Orrie Cowie stud, Warooka, picked up the reserve champion ram sash with their 20M medium wool champion.

The ram was by popular sire Greenfields Hussey, while its dam was from the Orrie Cowie Trojan family.

Medium wool judge Shayne Mackin, Kamballie stud, Tammin, WA, had been impressed by its wool-cutting ability and all-round balance.

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Reserve champion medium wool ram honours went to a young 19M sire paraded by Ian and Fiona Koch, Bunyara stud, Moculta.

The Ashby family's North Ashrose stud, Gulnare, picked up the fine wool ram broadribbon with the sole entry.

The grand champion March-shorn ewe broadribbon was won by a 19.8M ewe exhibited by North Ashrose.

It had won champion medium wool ewe, putting the entry from Greenfields into reserve.

The reserve champion March-shorn ewe was the strong wool champion exhibited by the Meyer family, Mulloorie stud, Brinkworth and Tintinara, which had been crowned grand champion at the Crystal Brook Show last month.

Mr Wilson said the Mulloorie ewe was young, very correct on its feet and doing it "all right".

Mr Mackin said it had been a tough decision for him and his fellow judges Mr Wilson and Andrew Calvert, Tas, to split the North Ashrose and Mulloorie ewes because they were both outstanding sheep.

The reserve champion strong wool ewe was exhibited by NL Fiebig & Sons, Hilton Heath stud, Mount Pleasant.

North Ashrose stud won the champion March-shorn fine wool ewe with the only entry.

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