It's JimJan again

Claire TyrrellCountryman

Strong competition at this year's Perth Royal Show prime lamb auction saw prices reach as high as $5500 for three carcases.

The prime lamb on the hoof and on the hook judging was packed with a strong field of participants. Nine studs competed in the event.

Jim and Jan Glover, of JimJan Texel stud, were once again awarded champion lamb in the on the hook class.

Their top three carcases sold for $2200 to Marco Panizza, of Marco's Fussy Meats.

Mr Glover put his stud's dominance down to a targeted breeding program.

"Our sheep have good back ends, plenty of meat and high yielding carcases," he said.

"We mainly breed our own rams and sometimes source genetics from the eastern states."

JimJan has been awarded top carcase in the on the hook competition at the Perth Royal Show for the past six years.

Mr Panizza also purchased the top selling three carcases for $5500 from Evergreen Grazing. At $83.71 a kilogram, Mr Panizza hopes the meat attracts new customers.

"The quality of the truck was very good this year and hopefully we can buy a few more customers," he said.

Mr Panizza expressed some concern about major supermarkets dropping their lamb prices.

"They are not doing justice to farmers," he said. "Small butchers are going to suffer too, because they've got to get their meat from somewhere."

Mr Panizza was top bidder at last year's prime lamb auction, where he bought three lamb carcases from JimJan for $3600.

Meat and Livestock Australia business development manager Raphael Ramirez said stronger competition at this year's auction reflected the quality of the line-up.

"It is great for the lamb industry to be able to represent producers," he said.

"Last year we only had about half a dozen buyers, but this year we had 24."

Chris and Sascha Squiers, of Shirlee Downs, were awarded the highest points in the on the hook and on the hoof events.

The family took out first and second place in the pen of three lambs in the on the hoof class with Poll Dorset/Merino cross Samm entries.

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