Pamellen ewe interbreed best

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Pamellen Suffolk stud, of Clackline, scored its first interbreed supreme champion of the Show with a ewe entry.

The six judges who had to select from nine breeds had the Suffolk three points better than a Poll Dorset ram exhibited by Brimfield stud, of Kendenup.

In awarding the ewe, judge Graeme Hibbard, of New South Wales, said the Suffolk had exceptional length and carried very correct structure.

Pamellen co-principal Pam Hinkley said the young ewe was a July 2011-drop and was out of home-bred parentage.

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"The ewe is holding its own against the high level of competition," Pam said.

The Suffolk was high on the list of five of the six judges but only one placed the ewe first, while the Poll Dorset ram was placed first by three judges.

Max Whyte, of Brimfield stud, said he was still very pleased to have his ram awarded supreme champion ram, before going up against the Suffolk ewe.

In awarding the ram, judge Bill Close said against an excellent line-up, the ram was well balanced, stood up well and had a smooth top-line.

The reserve supreme champion ram was awarded to a White Suffolk exhibited by Iveston stud, of Williams.

Brimfield also exhibited the reserve supreme champion ewe with a Poll Dorset entry.

In the group classes, it was all Prime Samm smiles with Shirlee Downs stud winning the one ram and two ewes competition as well as the three rams, which had a new Honda motorbike as a prize.

But before the Squiers family could ride off on the new set of wheels, an equal points tally had the Samms tied with the White Suffolks exhibited by Iveston stud.

In an exciting countback it was determined the Prime Samms were favoured slightly by the judge and the bike keys were then safely in the hands of the Squiers family.

Awarding the three rams, judge Donald Cochrane said the Prime Samms had smooth shoulders and very good feet.

Interbreed champions

British, Australasian and other breeds

Supreme champion: Pamellen (Suffolk ewe)

Supreme ram: Brimfield (Poll Dorset ram)

Reserve ram: Iveston (White Suffolk)

Supreme ewe: Pamellen (Suffolk ewe)

Reserve ewe: Brimfield (Poll Dorset)

Supreme group of one ram and two ewes: Shirley Downs (Prime Samm)

Supreme group of three rams: Shirley Downs (Prime Samm)

Australian Stud Sheep Breeders Association Interbreed

Supreme: Iveston (South Suffolk ram)

Grand champion ram: Iveston (South Suffolk)

Reserve ram: Colorado South (Border Leicester)

Grand champion ewe: Iveston (South Suffolk)

Reserve ewe: Mindaroo (Border Leicester)

Supreme group of one ram and two ewes: Iveston (South Suffolk)

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