Angenup supreme at Wagin

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Rod Norrish, of Angenup stud, Kojonup, displays his family's newest supreme ram, Angenup Elliot, which earned the Norrish family the coveted purple sash at the 2016 Wagin Woolorama.
Camera IconRod Norrish, of Angenup stud, Kojonup, displays his family's newest supreme ram, Angenup Elliot, which earned the Norrish family the coveted purple sash at the 2016 Wagin Woolorama. Credit: Countryman

Long-time Merino exhibitors the Norrish family, of Angenup stud, Kojonup, won the coveted supreme award at the Merino section of Wagin Woolorama.

Over the years, Angenup has won most champion awards in the Merino (horned) section for fine, medium and strong wool rams and ewes.

Angenup co-principal Rod Norrish said the real strength of the stud had been in winning multiple group class awards at Wagin and at other shows including a national pairs win at Bendigo.

“These wins demonstrate the depth of breeding we have achieved over the years,” he said.

But he acknowledged his family’s supreme win this year for their four-tooth medium wool ram, Angenup Elliot, as a particularly memorable moment.

“We were up against some very good competition,” he said.

The Angenup ram and another medium wool Merino ram from the Navanvale stud were the judges’ top picks and it came down to the “nitty-gritty” in selecting which would go on to vie for the supreme title during the earlier class judging.

Judge Gary Kopp, of Towalba stud, Peak Hill, NSW made the defining decision during the medium Merino ram, four-tooth class judging with 10 entries.

After much deliberation, Mr Kopp placed the Angenup ram above the Navanvale entry.

“The ram I have placed first (Angenup) has purity, finish, a wonderful muzzle and is very productive, with a fraction more wool cut, while the ram in second (Navanvale) has a touch better wool quality, however wool is not everything,” he said.

Mr Norrish said the ram was sired by Mianelup Wally which won the grand champion March shorn sash for the Richardson family, of Mianelup stud, Gnowangerup, at the National Sheep and Wool Show at Bendigo in 2014.

The Angenup ram went on to win the supreme sash for the Norrish family through a unanimous decision of the three judges.

The Navanvale ram also found success when sashed the reserve grand champion Merino ram and then, when teamed up with a Navanvale Merino ewe, which was earlier sashed the grand champion Merino ewe of Woolorama, the two won the Countryman Cup in the pairs competition.

The pairs win was the second year in a row for the Hogg family, of Navanvale stud, Williams, who are now entitled to compete at the National Sheep and Wool Show at Bendigo.

Angenup also did well in the group classes, winning the Woolorama Cup (group of three Merino rams) and the H Biggin Memorial Trophy (group of two rams and two ewes).

While the Merinos (horned) won several major awards, the Poll Merino section was highlighted by a Westerdale ram and a Claypans ewe which were sashed grand champions respectively of the show.

Rangeview stud also exhibited well, winning most points overall.

Merino and Poll Merino section steward Kevin Ball wrapped up 30 years of volunteer service.

When asked if there were any memorable moments over that time, Mr Ball said he could not recollect anything that stood out.

“It has all been very smooth sailing over the years, we run a very tight ship,” he said.

“I have seen plenty of quality Merinos – most I would have loved to take home to my sheep farm.”

Mr Ball said although the Merino section entry numbers were well down (156) on last year, these days exhibitors were more concentrated on only bring their best sheep to compete in what is regarded as one of the top shows in the State.

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