White Suffolk reigns supreme at the Show
In what is believed to be a first, the White Suffolk breed completely dominated the top awards at the IGA Perth Royal Show’s All Breeds Interbreed Competition.
Taking out the prestigious supreme interbreed exhibit award, Brenton Addis, of Yonga Downs stud, Gnowangerup, exhibited a White Suffolk ram that three of the six judges placed as their top pick for the grand champion ram title.
Yonga Downs tag 170386, sired by Bundara Downs 156938 and out of that stud’s 157660 dam, recorded LambPlan figures of 0.40 BWT, 12.1 WWT, 17.9 PWT, 2.7 PEMD. -0.1 Pfat and a carcase + index of 222.
The ram was sold in August to Peter and Rochell Walker, of Jusak stud, for $12,000, with the Walkers pleased for Mr Addis to enter the ram in the Show judging.
For Yonga Downs stud, established in 2016, it was the first interbreed win, completing a childhood dream for Mr Addis who had been around the White Suffolk breed his whole life, beginning when his family owned the Ashbourne stud.
“The White Suffolk breed is moving forward and is producing dominant terminal sires,” he said. “There are plans in the pipeline from the national association to market a branded White Suffolk meat product.”
Showing great depth of quality breeding and capping off a very successful Show, Mr Addis also exhibited the winning group of three interbreed rams, for which he was rewarded with a prize of $4000.
The interbreed grand champion ewe award was won by Kiara College White Suffolk stud.
The ewe was sired by Wheetlande 8181 and out of Kiara 13105, which was awarded interbreed grand champion at the 2016 Show.
In another first, an Ile De France ram, exhibited by the Batt family, of Alcostro stud, Narrogin, was sashed reserve grand champion ram.
The Garnett family, of Curlew Creek Poll Dorset stud, Gnowangerup, were awarded the reserve grand champion ewe award, with just one point the difference in equalling the top-placed ewe.
The interbreed group award for one ram and two ewes was won by Yonga Downs.
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