MARONG sheep studs took home armfuls of champion ribbons from the Bendigo Agricultural Show.
Paul Brown won Supreme Exhibit with a ewe from his small Suffolk stud of 30 and Don McKinnon’s Derby Downs Poll Dorset stud won champion ewe and ram in the Poll Dorset feature breed competition.
The interbreed champion pair of lambs was won by R. McKinnon and R. Bailey, also of Marong.
Paul Brown’s winning Suffolk ewe won champion ewe at the Sydney Agricultural Show in 2012 and was in a group of three to win the Supreme Prime Lamb Group prize at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in 2011.
The reason for her successive wins can be explained somewhat by her sire, Letts Hercules, which Mr Brown describeds as a “very impressive” ram.
“I saw him at the Adelaide Show as a one-year-old, and I wanted to buy him, but (the owner) didn’t want to sell,” he said.
Mr Brown later jumped at the chance to buy Letts Hercules semen for an artifical insemination program which resulted in the winning ewe.
More recently he heard Hercules, by now five years old, was to be sold in a dispersal sale and he thought he might be able to pick him up for a couple of thousand dollars.
But even though a little long in the tooth, Letts Hercules sold for no less than $9500.
Don McKinnon’s champion Poll Dorset ewe and ram, both 18 months old, also enjoyed superior pedigree.
They had the same sire, Regal, who won supreme Champion at the 2011 Australasian Dorset Show and Sale and championships at several other major sheep shows.