At the Governor's pleasure

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The Squiers family of Quairading have been awarded their fifth Governor's Cup at the Perth Royal Show.

Presented by WA Governor Kerry Sanderson on Saturday, the top honours at the show are awarded to the exhibitor who receives the most points in livestock competitions including sheep, cattle, horse, goats and alpaca exhibits.

The Squiers family first won the Governor's Cup in 2009, then in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

In 2012 they drew the top honours with Elgin-based Bandeeka cattle stud.

Chris Squiers and sons Adrian and Sascha this year exhibited more than 70 sheep across the two breeds of Prime SAMM and Poll Dorsets, from their Shirlee Downs and Dongadilling studs.

The Squierses also this year won the supreme champion British Breed competition for a Poll Dorset ram from the Dongadilling stud.

The Squiers family exhibited at the show briefly in the 1970s but have returned every year since 1988.

The family farm at Quairading has been in operation since the 1950s.

Adrian Squires attributed their success to "trying to breed sheep for the industry" and "constantly striving to improve their flocks".

Ms Sanderson said the Governor's Cup had been awarded to the most successful exhibitor at the Perth Royal Show each year since 1896.

RAS President Rob Wilson said the overall objective of the Governor's Cup was to encourage exhibitors to compete with the highest quality pedigree breeding and showing, that would recognise excellence and consistency across the entire range of animal exhibits.

"Continuity of supply and consistency of quality is paramount for any premium food product in the market. And the endeavours by all exhibitors in achieving this goal is evident," Dr Wilson said.

"I applaud the dedication, devotion and hard work that is necessary over a long period of time by all exhibitors in this year's show."

Although the RAS is still awaiting officially audited figures, RAS chief executive Peter Cooper estimated attendance to be below last year's 40,000.

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