Kohat ram best of British breeds

BRITISH BREEDSJenne BrammerCountryman

Greg and Sarah Hyde, of Kohat White Suffolk stud at Ongerup, and their son Rivers, won their first supreme all-breeds award at last week’s Wagin Woolorama.

Kohat 310, which was born in April 2015, was sired by Wheetelande 127064. Greg Hyde said he selected the sire for its balanced ASBV figures and its visual muscling through the hind quarter.

The winning ram was shown at the 2015 Perth Royal Show where it won its lamb class.

Mr Hyde said he was surprised to win after only establishing the stud, which now has 150 registered females, in 2008.

A Suffolk ewe exhibited by the Pamellen stud meanwhile, was the champion ewe across all breeds. The ewe was from the milk tooth class, born in June last year.

Studmaster Pam Hinkley said her winning ewe was produced from an AI program last year, which introduced new genetics into the stud.

Ms Hinkely said the judges were impressed by the ewe’s superior muscle definition and growth.

As with any Wagin Woolorama there were plenty of familiar faces and regular winners.

Shirlee Downs took out ribbons for the Poll Dorset and Prime SAMM champion rams. Shirlee Downs also won the champion ewe in the Prime SAMM class.

The Shirlee Downs Poll Dorset ram was described by judge Michael O’Neill of Annagh Downs at Northam as a good powerful sheep with the ability to deliver the industry requirement of 22kg carcase lambs.

Meanwhile, the Prime SAMM supreme champion ewe was described by judge Campbell Lawrie, of Ungarra in South Australia, as an excellent example of the breed.

“She is very feminine and carries herself well. This ewe is well grown for her age and represents all attributes of the Prime SAMM breed, being very structurally correct,” Mr Lawrie said.

Lynkm Springs of Cervantes was named overall winner for the most points in the sheep and wool class, after success in both the Dorper and White Dorper classes, where it won the Supreme sash for rams in both classes, as well as champion ewe titles in both.

Stud owner Kim Harmquist started breeding Dorpers in 2011 and White Dorpers in 2012. This year marked Mr Harmquist’s third year of exhibiting at Woolorama.

In the White Dorper class, judge Collin Jeffery of Bridgetown Dorpers, said it was tough selecting the supreme given the high calibre of both ewe and ram.

“There is really only a whisker between them. The ram is well muscled and nicely proportioned and has a good head. But the ewe is young, in another year she would win.”

Mr Harmquist said the 2013White Dorper ram was bred from a pure Kasteel bloodline.

A Golden Over’s 2013-born Ram exhibited by Ray Batt, won the supreme champion in the Ile De France class. Mr Batt said the judge complimented the balance and correct confirmation of the ram.

Mr Batt’s brother Colin of the Alcostro stud won the champion ewe for the Ile De France class.

Stephen Davies of the Waters Upton stud had a ewe named surpreme champion in the Shropshire class.

Judge Braden Lange, of Narrogin, described the Shropshire ewe as being very pure with an exceptional top line, and as being very correct on her feet.

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