Carcuma North claim Merino wool aggregate for the mantle

Carcuma North claim Merino wool aggregate for the mantle

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SUCCESSFUL EXHIBITORS: Carolyn and Grant Johnson, Carcuma North, Peake said it was a "huge thrill" to be the most successful exhibitors in the Merino wool section.

SUCCESSFUL EXHIBITORS: Carolyn and Grant Johnson, Carcuma North, Peake said it was a "huge thrill" to be the most successful exhibitors in the Merino wool section.

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Grant and Carolyn Johnson, Carcuma North stud, Peake, had a "nice surprise" when they learned they had won the most successful Merino wool exhibitor at the 2021 Royal Adelaide Show.

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Carcuma North Poll Merino stud, Peake, continued its reign in the Merino premature shorn wool section of the Royal Adelaide Show, winning the most successful exhibitor title for the fourth year in a row.

But this year, Grant and Carolyn Johnson who have been entering wool for about the past decade went one better, named the most successful Merino wool exhibitor.

The Johnsons said it was a "huge thrill" to take out the coveted award with their 20 fleeces receiving many ribbons.

"It certainly is one of those achievements that we will definitely put on the mantle," Mrs Johnson said.

"It is a nice to have a little high after an up and down sort of year," Mr Johnson added.

Among their ribbon haul, a 17.3 micron fleece shorn in September last year off one of their Carcuma North stud sires was sashed the champion premature shorn Merino fleece.

The 5.6 kilogram fleece which was also the reserve grand champion Merino ram's fleece scored 78.6 out of a possible 100 points.

"When we go through our sires we comment that sire's fleece still holds up, it is nice to get an animal like that, we showed him here two years in a row (in 2018 and 2019)," Mrs Johnson said.

He has a beautiful white, well-defined crimping wool. - Carolyn Johnson, Carcuma North stud

"When we were shearing for our 2019 sale team we went through the sires and were still impressed with how well he came out of mating that we decided to show him again.

"We thought he was still showing those consistent and true qualities, he has a beautiful white, well-defined crimping wool."

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The Johnsons have been strong supporters of the wool section as they see it as a great chance for a large audience to check out their wool in the cabinet in the stud sheep pavilion during show week.

"It gives people an opportunity to see first hand the cutting potential and wool quality that our genetics produce," Mrs Johnson said.

She said it was disappointing the show had to be cancelled for the second consecutive year so close to the event, with four ewes and a ram entered for the Poll Merino feature breed judging.

However it was great that the fleeces had all been judged prior to the show's cancellation and that the winners were still announced.

"We look forward to getting back to a normal Adelaide Show next year so we can catch up with our show family," she said.

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