Son of Juddy a true champion
The words 'magnificent' and 'beautiful' were used aplenty to describe the Eungai supreme champion ram at the Perth Royal Show on Sunday.
Judge Cameron White, of WA's Nepowie stud, described the strong wool son of Juddy as a magnificent ram with very stylish long-stapled wool.
Judge Nigel Brumpton, of Mount Ascot stud in Mitchell, Queensland, was equally delighted with the supreme champion.
"He has a beautiful head, beautiful muzzle and beautiful outlook, with bright white waxy wool carried well down," he said.
It was a great day for Eungai stud principals Peter and James McLagan - their medium wool entry was also sashed as the grand champion Merino ewe.
The ewe was one of six contenders for the supreme title in the Jim Horwood Pavilion, the others being the Claypans grand champion Poll Merino ewe, the Claypans grand champion Poll Merino ram, the Claypans grand champion autumn-shorn ewe and the Eastville Park grand champion autumn-shorn ram.
The Eungai supreme exhibit initially won the Merino strong wool class and was immediately judged as the champion strong wool ram - it was the sole entrant.
The ram's wool figures included measurements of 21.3 microns, 98.7 comfort factor and 19.8 spin fine.
Reserve in the grand championship was the Scanlon's Quailerup West ram.
The Eungai grand champion ewe was also by Juddy and initially won the medium wool Merino ewe class.
The ewe was described by judge Nigel Brumpton as being large-framed with outstanding structure. The ewe's wool measurements included 20.6 microns, 99.2 comfort factor and 19.2 spin fine.
Reserve in the grand championship was the Mackin's Kamballie ewe.
Both Eungai grand champions went on to win the ewe and ram pair event.
Eungai's past Perth Royal Show supreme wins were in 1996 with Regent 100, in 1994 with Monarch 2325 and in 1992 with Shogun 135.
The champion strong wool Merino ewe was from Kamballie with Stuart Rintoul's Dongiemon entry in reserve.
Both champion and reserve champion medium wool rams came from Quailerup West and reserve to the Eungai champion medium wool ewe was the Kamballie entry.
And it was a double whammy for Stuart Rintoul's stud, Tilba Tilba, in the fine wool ewe contest - his entries were awarded both champion and reserve broad ribbons.
Champion superfine Merino ram and ewe broad ribbons were awarded to Russell and Heather Meaton's entries.
It was a great show for the Bolt family, who took home nine broad ribbons, including three grand championships, two for the grand champion Poll Merino ram and grand champion Poll Merino ewe.
In the autumn-shorn section, one of the family's ewes was sashed the grand champion ewe.
The grand champion ram had earlier been sashed as the champion strong wool Poll Merino ram, with a Vinrose entry in reserve.
Reserve to the grand champion was an entry from the Johnston family's Merna stud.
Judge Tom Davidson, of Moorundie Park stud in Gulnare, South Australia, certainly liked the Claypans grand champion.
"He is huge - a beautiful ram, carrying long-stapled, bright and well-nourished wool," he said.
The grand champion ewe had earlier won the medium wool class, before being judged as the medium wool champion.
"She has huge scale and carries beautiful long-stapled white wool," Mr Davidson said of the grand champion.
The ewe's wool figures were 20.4 microns, 99.2CF and 19SF.
Reserve to the Claypans grand champion ewe was an entry from the Button's Manunda stud.
The champion medium wool broad ribbon went to Merna and the reserve was Vinrose. The champion medium wool ewe was again a Claypans entry with Manunda in reserve.
The champion fine wool Poll Merino ram broad ribbon was awarded to Vinrose and it was another championship ribbon for Manunda for their fine wool Poll Merino ewe.
In reserve was the Meaton's Rosedale Poll ewe.
It was a great day for the Mullan family in this section. Two of their Eastville Park poll entries were sashed as grand champion ram and reserve grand champion ram.
Judge Nigel Brumpton spoke highly of the grand champion.
"He has outstanding constitution and will go a long way. He has exceptional crimpy, long-stapled, waxy white wool," he said.
The ram was earlier sashed as the champion strong wool Poll Merino ram and its wool figures were 19.5 microns, 99.4CF and 18.2SF.
The ram was sired by Coromandel 2 and out of an Old Ashrose family ewe. It has already been sold to Coromandel's Michael Campbell at the Rabobank Katanning ram sale for $7500.
The grand champion and his reserve were also judged as junior champion autumn-shorn winner and reserve.
The grand champion autumn-shorn ewe (a Poll Merino) was from Claypans and had earlier been sashed as the champion autumn-shorn ewe.
Reserve in the grand championship was a Dongiemon Merino ewe.
There were classes for Merinos and Poll Merinos which were divided into under one-and-a-half years and over one-and-a-half years categories.
Champion Merino ram 'under' was Quailerup West with Eastville Park in reserve, while champion Merino ewe 'under' was Eastville Park with Kamballie in reserve.
Champion and reserve Merino rams 'over' were both from Tilba Tilba, while champion Merino ewe 'over' was Dongiemon.
Champion and reserve Poll Merino rams 'under' were both from Eastville Park, while champion Poll Merino ewe 'under' was from Eastville Park with Belmont Park in reserve.
Champion Poll Merino ram 'over' was from Merna, with the reserve from Eungai.
Champion Poll Merino ewe 'over' was from Claypans, with the reserve from Manunda.
Just ewes were entered in this section and both champion and reserve entries were from Claypans.
"It is a great line-up of ewes and I gave it to the young strong wool ewe," Mr Brumpton said. "She has beautiful, well-defined crimpy wool and is a good commercial ewe."
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