Lamb Production

Sheep breeders back first Booborowie lamb competition

Terry Sim, February 23, 2016

Booborowie Lamb Logo2 Jan29-16BOOBOROWIE’S unique lamb lot feeding competition has attracted a full complement of entries in its inaugural year – and some top speakers for its first forum.

Thomas Foods international Booborowie Lamb Competition organiser Leith Tilley said 80 teams of three lambs have been entered in the commercial Merino, crossbred and stud lamb classes.

Entries have come from throughout South Australia and from the Broken Hill area of New South Wales, including about 15 studs, mainly Merino, but also SAMM and Dohne flocks.

“We’re happy, entries came through pretty well in the end,” Mr Tilley said.

Prizemoney totals $7500 and organisers hope to make the competition the most lucrative lamb feeding contest in Australia and a major fund-raiser for the South Australian community and its local school. Major meat processor Thomas Foods International is naming sponsor, with Landmark and Platinum Livestock as major prize sponsors and Sheep Central is a media sponsor.

Competition lamb owners will have their entries weighed-in at the Saltbush Ag feedlot on Thursday February 25 from 8am-noon. Only team owners will have access to the feedlot.

After lunch at 1pm at the Booborowie Bowling Club, the first Booborowie Lamb Competition Forum will start at 2pm, featuring several industry speakers, including MLA’s departing general manager for red meat innovation Alex Ball and MLA’s program manager for eating and carcase quality Integration Michael Crowley. The forum will be followed by a barbecue at the club.

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