Genetics

Stanbury Corriedale ram makes it a Ballarat double

Terry Sim, July 28, 2014
Stanbury Corriedale stud principal Geoff Risbey with his supreme longwool exhibit at Ballarat, Jim, and Austin Parker.

Stanbury Corriedale stud principal Geoff Risbey with his supreme longwool exhibit at Ballarat, Jim, and Austin Parker.

Jim the Corriedale ram must like Ballarat – he always shows his best there.

The Stanbury stud’s two-year-old ram won consecutive supreme longwool exhibit titles at the city’s annual sheep show yesterday.

Breeder Geoff Risbey said the ram was supreme longwool exhibit at Ballarat last year as a lamb.

“He has really come up as a two-year-old and he has never been beaten here.

“He just got rolled in Bendigo (at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show).”

Mr Risbey said the stud had sold semen from the ram to studs in South America and throughout Victoria, and he was fielding interest from New Zealand.

Judge Grace Calder from Hastings said the ram had grown out well and was an exceptional example of the breed.

“He is huge and has an even fleece all over him.”

Longwool interbreed ewe judge Graham Howell from Avoca said Jackson’s Livestock’s winning two-year-old Border Leicester was a very long, fine-looking sheep.

The champion shortwool interbreed ram was Shane Baker’s 13-month-old Booloola White Suffolk stud entry, also the supreme WS ram and exhibit at the recent Australian Sheep and Wool Show.

The champion shortwool interbreed ewe of the sale was also a White Suffolk; a 13-month-old ewe from Tim and Basil Jorgensen’s Mertex stud from Antwerp. Judge Alan McCartney said the ewe excelled in muscle, statue and conformation correctness.

The Ballarat Sheep Show fielded just under 300 entries, including the re-inclusion of Border Leicesters and the show’s first Australian White sheep.

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