Tambellup stud has big day out in Bendigo

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In spectacular form, Tambellup's East Strathglen stud was awarded the most successful Merino exhibitor at the 2012 Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo last week.

The Bendigo show is the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere with 2500 sheep entries, including 678 in the Merino section.

Representing East Strathglen stud were Rohan and Caroline Sprigg, who, with only five sheep, walked away with the acclaimed supreme champion, five grand champions, national pair title and best exhibit of three Merino sheep.

Fine/medium wool judge James Barron, of Adina stud in New South Wales, said the supreme exhibit was a big upstanding ram with beautiful, soft and well-nourished wool that was very bright.

"The East Strathglen ram is the type to improve the industry standards," Mr Barron said.

The ram, named Shogun, was ET bred sired by East Strathglen's Topgun, which goes back to a Hinesville Excavator ram.

With measurements of 17.1 micron, 2.4 standard deviation, 13.6 coefficient of variation and a 99.9 per cent comfort factor, Shogun made his run to the top from the fine/medium section.

Shogun's dam was Princess - the 2007 Bendigo supreme exhibit.

It was the third supreme win at Bendigo for the Spriggs, after wins in 2007 and 2010.

The Spriggs' grand champion Merino ram and their grand champion fine/medium ewe also won the national Merino pair of the year.

Judge Barron said the pair was clear winners.

In a way, it was a swan song for principals Rowland and Elizabeth Sprigg, who remained at their property while their son and daughter-in-law exhibited at Bendigo.

"We have decided not to prepare long-wool sheep anymore," Rowland said. "Long-wool sheep have served a purpose in the past; however, it is in our best interest to concentrate all of our attention on looking after the younger sheep."

Other WA wins at Bendigo included Kamballie stud, of Tammin, which took out the grand champion strong wool Merino ram. The ram was supreme exhibit at the 2012 Wagin Woolorama.

In the fine wool Poll Merino section, Kojonup's Hyfield stud won the champion August-shorn ram and champion fine poll ram.

East Mundalla stud, of Tarin Rock, won the champion March-shorn medium ram.

East Strathglen's honour roll on the board *

_The stud's 2012 Australian Sheep and Wool Show results: _

·Supreme Merino exhibit also judged grand champion Merino ram and grand champion fine/medium ram

·Grand champion Merino ewe also judged grand champion medium Merino ewe

·Grand champion fine/medium Merino ewe

·Best exhibit of three Merino sheep

·Most successful Merino exhibitor

·National Merino pair of the year

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