Sash for Squiers family

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With the grand champion Poll Dorset ram, exhibited by the Squires family, of Shirlee Downs Poll Dorset stud in Quairading, was judge Bruce Buswell, of Beverley, Shirlee Downs stud co-principal Sascha Squires, Zarah Squires, 15 and Jorja Squires, 13.
Camera IconWith the grand champion Poll Dorset ram, exhibited by the Squires family, of Shirlee Downs Poll Dorset stud in Quairading, was judge Bruce Buswell, of Beverley, Shirlee Downs stud co-principal Sascha Squires, Zarah Squires, 15 and Jorja Squires, 13. Credit: Countryman

Poll Dorset sheep were exhibiting quality carcase types during the breed judging competition at the Perth Royal Show last Thursday, with ribbons spread between two closely contested studs.

Judge Bruce Buswell, who has been absent from the Perth Royal Show judging arena for the past 23 years, said the WA-bred Poll Dorsets exhibited showed improved fleshing.

“The quality of the carcase in our Poll Dorsets has gone up aided by the use of objective measurements,” he said.

Mr Buswell awarded an under 1.5-year-old ram the grand champion title. It was exhibited by the Squiers family, of Shirlee Downs stud in Quairading.

“He is an exceptionally built animal that has all the meat carcase traits,” he said.

Shirlee Downs 279, was sired by Kurralea 14018 and recorded LambPlan figures of 0.65 BWT, 10.8 WWT, 16 PWWT, -1.2 PFAT, 0.8 PEMD and 139 Terminal Carcase Production index.

With the grand champion Poll Dorset ewe, exhibited by Shirlee Downs stud, of Quairading, was judge Bruce Buswell, of Beveley, and Shirlee Downs stud co-principal Chris Squires.
Camera IconWith the grand champion Poll Dorset ewe, exhibited by Shirlee Downs stud, of Quairading, was judge Bruce Buswell, of Beveley, and Shirlee Downs stud co-principal Chris Squires. Credit: Countryman

The Squiers were also successful showing their quality females winning the champion ewe prize with SD 231, from the under 1.5 years class against nine other entries. Their champion ewe lamb, SD 262, was also awarded reserve champion ewe.

Also exhibiting well at the Poll Dorset breed judging were the Fairclough family, of Stockdale Poll Dorset stud in York.

With the grand champion lamb, exhibited by the Fairclough family, of Stockdale Poll Dorset stud, was Stockdale co-principals Belwyn and Brenton Fairclough, of York.
Camera IconWith the grand champion lamb, exhibited by the Fairclough family, of Stockdale Poll Dorset stud, was Stockdale co-principals Belwyn and Brenton Fairclough, of York. Credit: Countryman

In the ram lamb classes, a Stockdale entry, sired by Gooramma 13/282, won the champion ram lamb sash and went on to win the grand champion lamb exhibit title.

The Fairclough family also exhibited successfully in the group of three rams class, winning the champion title with three very even rams.

The Squiers took out both wins in the breeders group (under 1.5 years) and the progeny group of three (any sex and age by the same sire).

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