Darkan family crowned kings of the purple sash
A Darkan family has won a prestigious purple sash for a second consecutive year, after producing another quality fleece.
The 2019 Perth Royal Show fleece judging, held on Monday, awarded the King family, of Darkan-based Rangeview stud, with the top gong ahead of the 130 fleeces entered into the competition.
Rangeview fine wool specialist and studmaster Jeremy King — who farms with his wife Melinda and their three children Gemma, Erin and Tom — said the family was ecstatic to win back-to-back supreme titles.
“A repeat victory gives us confidence in our breeding objectives to produce quality fine wool sheep in-line with offering our speciality genetics to clients,” he said.
Last year, the Kings were awarded their first prestigious supreme award for a 17.4 micron superfine fleece from a Poll Merino ram.
However, this year, to mark the stud’s genetic diversity, the winning fleece was shorn from a Merino ram.
“The 20.7 micron August shorn fine wool fleece, with 12-months growth, was from a two-year-old ram, sired by a home-bred ram out of our Merryville family and not related to last year’s winning ram’s fleece,” Mr King said.
The Kings run a stud flock of 2500 fine wool ewes and offer a number of rams at their annual on-property ram sale in October.
Chief judge Tim Chapman, of Primaries, said the King family’s fine wool ram’s fleece measured 142mm staple length and had a greasy fleece weight of 8.7kg, recorded a 13.5 coefficient of variations, 99.4 per cent comfort factor and scored 95 points out of 100.
“It was very even throughout and exceptionally white in colour with lovely handle and it had great bulk,” he said.
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