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Glenpaen ewe takes out rare quadrella for Brimpaen stud

Terry Sim, August 7, 2015
Glenpaen Merino Stud's Harry Miller, left, with the grand champion Merino ewe at Sheepvention and Luke Walton from the Wurrook stud with the  grand champion ram.

Glenpaen Merino Stud’s Harry Miller, left, with the grand champion Merino ewe at Sheepvention and Luke Banks from the Wurrook stud with the grand champion ram.

FOUR big wins by one Merino ewe has been the highlight of the best showing season ever for the Glenpaen Merino stud from Brimpaen, in western Victoria.

At Hamilton’s Sheepvention this week, the stud’s two-year-old ewe, the grand champion Merino female at the recent Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo, outclassed her rivals to take out the top sash again.

Glenpaen stud co-principal Rod Miller said the ewe had now won the quadrella – being grand champion Merino ewe at Bendigo, the Campbell Town Show in Tasmania, the Ballarat show and now at Hamilton.

The ewe will go on to be shown at the Rabobank National Merino Show and Sale at Dubbo on August 23, before being flushed in an ET program. Mr Miller said none of his ewes had ever achieved the four wins in the one year.

“This year is the best we’ve ever done, in showing terms.”

It was the first time the stud had shown sheep at the Sheepvention show at Hamilton.

“It has generally been too hard with the display and the sale rams, but now that the boys – Will and Harry – are getting older, they’ve looked after the show job, so it has been good,” he said.

Judges’ spokesman Pat Millear said the Glenpaen ewe an outstanding sheep with a massive staple, great thickness and very pure, with very white crimpy wool from her topline to her hocks.

The grand champion Merino ram of the show was exhibited by the Wurrook stud from Rokewood in Victoria. The two-year-old champion fine wool ram of the show from the stud’s Uniform family was previously champion fine wool ram at the recent Ballarat Show.

Judge’s spokesman Geoff Notman said the 19.2 micron ram had a lot of scale, tremendous length of staple, with true fine soft wool and stood well.

The Wurrook Stud recently won the grand champion Merino ram and supreme exhibit at this year’s Bendigo with a different ram.

Sport poll ram wins inaugural Stuart Cuming Memorial Trophy

Oakbank Merino stud's Jack McRae is presented with the inaugural Stuart Cuming trophy by Lavinia Cuming at Sheepvention.

Oakbank Merino stud’s Jack McRae is presented with the inaugural Stuart Cuming trophy by Lavinia Cuming at Sheepvention.

The winner of the inaugural Fernleigh and Stuart Cuming Memorial Trophy at Sheepvention was the McRae family’s Oakbank stud with an 18.6 micron sport poll ram. Wool judge Peter Blackwood said the ram had well-nourished wool and good staple length was his poll to his tail and to the hock. Carcase judge Andrew Heinrich said the ram had a nice hindquarter.

Willandra Merino Stud sales manager Peter Jeffs, left, with stud principal Ross Wells, and their top pen of five rams.

Willandra Merino Stud sales manager Peter Jeffs, left, with stud principal Ross Wells, and their top pen of five rams.

The top Pen of 5 Rams entry and Gordon Uebergang Trophy winner was the Willandra stud from Jerilderie, New South Wales, with a group bought as ram lambs at the One Oak Merino Stud dispersal.

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