Rams attract a large crowd

Bob Garnant & Adam PoulsenCountryman
Ejanding stud co-principals Caris Jones and Shanae Jones, of Dowerin, were at the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days' Viper Ram Shed displaying their family's stud rams.
Camera IconEjanding stud co-principals Caris Jones and Shanae Jones, of Dowerin, were at the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days' Viper Ram Shed displaying their family's stud rams. Credit: Bob Garnant/Countryman, Bob Garnant

There was a buzz of activity at the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days inside the Viper Ram Shed where 26 Merino studs had rams on display for inspections, which brought a big crowd of enthusiastic woolgrowers.

Dowerin livestock marshal Brett Jones said the display drew large crowds, with many woolgrowers interested in inspecting sale rams that would be on offer at the upcoming ram selling season.

“The quality was outstanding and the Merinos showed the continual progress of how WA studs are offering plainer body types, with good spinning wools and carcase traits,” he said.

“We also had the Muresk Institute’s Superior Sire Evaluation project display of progeny from 12 leading industry sires.

“Jumbuck Shearing contractor Tom Reed brought a lot of crowd attention when he shore the progeny consisting of ewes and wethers.”

Cranmore Park stud co-principal Kristin Lefroy said it was a very good social day to speak with clients about their season.

“Many have had a great start and are looking forward to reaping the awards of a good wool and crop harvest,” he said.

“We had plenty of interest in our Australian Sheep Breeding Values that are recorded on each sale ram.”

In the Milne Marquee shed, Hill Padua stud manager Fred Echaniz said he had strong interest in the stud’s ASBV data.

“We had a crossbred producer wanting 1000 ewes to put British breed rams over,” he said.

“People were very optimistic about the industry, with both meat and wool values remaining at good levels.”

There were six meat sheep studs in the neighbouring Milne Marquee, including Shirlee Downs, which displayed three breeds.

Shirlee Downs stud co-principal Chris Squires said there was good interest in his display of Poll Dorset rams that would be on offer at the Perth Royal Show ram sale.

Heiniger representatives included WA sales and grooming consultant Jilly Hancock, general manager of sales and marketing Dale Harris and territory sales manager Todd Wegner.
Camera IconHeiniger representatives included WA sales and grooming consultant Jilly Hancock, general manager of sales and marketing Dale Harris and territory sales manager Todd Wegner. Credit: Bob Garnant/Countryman, Bob Garnant
Kellerberrin wool grower Paul Giles and Manunda stud co-principal Scott Button, of Tammin.
Camera IconKellerberrin wool grower Paul Giles and Manunda stud co-principal Scott Button, of Tammin. Credit: Countryman
Merino consultant and blade shearer Courtney Sutherland, of Wagin, and Kolindale stud co-principal Luke Ledwith, of Kulin.
Camera IconMerino consultant and blade shearer Courtney Sutherland, of Wagin, and Kolindale stud co-principal Luke Ledwith, of Kulin. Credit: Countryman
Edale Merino stud co-principal James Gardiner, of Moora, and XytoVet principal Jason Ledger.
Camera IconEdale Merino stud co-principal James Gardiner, of Moora, and XytoVet principal Jason Ledger. Credit: Countryman
Claypans Poll Merino stud co-principal Steven Bolt and Olinda stud co-principal Brad Eaton, inspecting a Claypans ram.
Camera IconClaypans Poll Merino stud co-principal Steven Bolt and Olinda stud co-principal Brad Eaton, inspecting a Claypans ram. Credit: Countryman
WA College of Agriculture - Harvey year 11 students Billie Vance, 17, and Olivia Hawkins, 17, looking over the Muresk Institue's Superior Sire Evaluation project's measured progeny sheep that were shorn at the Viper Ram Shed.
Camera IconWA College of Agriculture - Harvey year 11 students Billie Vance, 17, and Olivia Hawkins, 17, looking over the Muresk Institue's Superior Sire Evaluation project's measured progeny sheep that were shorn at the Viper Ram Shed. Credit: Bob Garnant/Countryman, Bob Garnant
Ejanding stud co-princiipal Brett Jones, of Dowerin, and Dowerin wool grower Adam Metcalf
Camera IconEjanding stud co-princiipal Brett Jones, of Dowerin, and Dowerin wool grower Adam Metcalf Credit: Countryman
Hill Padua stud manager Fred Echaniz with Hill Padua stud co-principals Geraldine and Anthony Thomas, of Three Springs at their first display of rams at the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days.
Camera IconHill Padua stud manager Fred Echaniz with Hill Padua stud co-principals Geraldine and Anthony Thomas, of Three Springs at their first display of rams at the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days. Credit: Countryman
Nutrien Livestock Wongan Hills agent Grant Lupton and Cranmore Park stud co-principal Kristin Lefroy, of Moora.
Camera IconNutrien Livestock Wongan Hills agent Grant Lupton and Cranmore Park stud co-principal Kristin Lefroy, of Moora. Credit: Bob Garnant/Countryman, Bob Garnant
Chapman Valley wool grower Brad Eastough and Challara Poll Merino stud co-principal Peter Wilkinson, of Badgingarra.
Camera IconChapman Valley wool grower Brad Eastough and Challara Poll Merino stud co-principal Peter Wilkinson, of Badgingarra. Credit: Countryman
Eungai and Jaloran stud co-principal James McLagan, of Miling, with Westcoast Wool and Livestock representatives including oddment buyer Lee Baird, Bogart agent Glenn McGill and state manager Brad Faithfull.
Camera IconEungai and Jaloran stud co-principal James McLagan, of Miling, with Westcoast Wool and Livestock representatives including oddment buyer Lee Baird, Bogart agent Glenn McGill and state manager Brad Faithfull. Credit: Bob Garnant/Countryman, Bob Garnant
Shirlee Downs Poll Dorset stud co-principal Chris Squiers, of Quairading, at the Milne Marquee with a sale ram destined for the Perth Royal Show ram sale.
Camera IconShirlee Downs Poll Dorset stud co-principal Chris Squiers, of Quairading, at the Milne Marquee with a sale ram destined for the Perth Royal Show ram sale. Credit: Countryman

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