Supreme win to East Mundalla

Sally HincksThe West Australian
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It was East Mundalla's first-ever Rabobank Katanning Sheep Show supreme last week, but previous show successes promised a bright future.

From Philip and Daniel Gooding's property at Tarin Rock - and then a preparation period in Ashley Lock's shed - the outstanding Poll Merino ram was judged strong wool champion at Woolorama and then at the Williams Expo.

So those foretastes augured well for the son of Jonty 137, described by Ashley Lock as nearly the most influential sire in Australia.

The judges waxed lyrical about the East Mundalla supreme exhibit, among them Garry Kopp of the fine-medium wool stud, Towalba, in New South Wales.

"He's a magnificent high-class poll ram - the absolute in production. Want production? He'll do it. He's my kind of ram," Mr Kopp said, after the ram had been sashed with the purple supreme broad ribbon and the black broad ribbon.

The ram's supreme standing entitles him to contest the national title at Dubbo and the black sash signified his passport to the big NSW event. The supreme champion had earlier been sashed as the grand champion Poll Merino ram, with Malcolm Edwards' Belmont Park ram in reserve.

The grand champion Poll Merino ewe came from Clinton Blight's Seymour Park stud at Narrogin, with Shayne Mackin's Kamballie ewe in reserve.

On the day, the grand champion had earlier won her medium wool class and had earlier been sashed as the reserve grand champion at the Williams Expo.

As always, there were four contenders for the supreme exhibit broad ribbon - East Mundalla, the Seymour Park grand champion Poll Merino ewe, the Misty Hills grand champion Merino ram and the Navanvale grand champion Merino ewe.

It was also a great show for Warralea stud's Jarrod King. His champion March-shorn medium wool Poll Merino ram won junior champion ram of the show against nine other two-tooth rams.

The ram's figures included 19.4 microns, 18.1 spin fine and 99.7 comfort factor.

"The ram has very rich wool and carries it right through," Mr Kopp said. "He has a beautiful underline."

Judge Michael Gough, of El Condor stud in Argentina, also liked the ram. "He is a really good ram with a good medium fleece and stands correct, and he is good in the poll," he said.

The ram had earlier won the medium wool Poll Merino March-shorn class against 26 other entries, the biggest class on the day.

The ram is by a Grassy Creek ram and out of a Mannalea ewe, Mr King said.

Merino *

Misty Hills principals Heather and Russell Meaton were delighted when their superfine ram won the grand champion Merino ram class.

Judge Shane Edwards, of Rockridge stud, Quairading, was high in his praise of the ram.

"He is an outstanding type for a superfine and has outstanding wool. He's a really good sheep," Mr Edwards said.

The ram's figures included 15.9 microns and 99.9 comfort factor, and was ET bred and out of a very fine ewe by Alfoxton 41, Russell Meaton said.

Craig Dewar's Woodyarrup entry was reserve to the Misty Hills champion.

In all, the Meatons took home eight broad ribbons - eight for their Misty Hills entries and two for their Rosedale Polls entries.

In what was a splendid show for the Kojonup stud, Misty Hills also won the trophy for the Rabobank group of five.

The grand champion Merino ewe and its reserve were from the Hogg family's Navanvale stud at Williams.

The ewe had won grand champion at the Williams Expo and champion medium wool ewe at the Wagin Woolorama.

In Katanning earlier in the day, the ewe had won her medium wool August-shorn class.

"She goes back to East Mundalla 544," said Mitchell Hogg, after the ewe was sashed as grand champion. Her figures included 80.1 yield, 20.9 microns, 19.7 spin fine and a 98.9 comfort factor.

It was a good show, too, for the Norrish family's Angenup stud, at Kojonup. Their entries were awarded 10 broad ribbons and they won the Genstock trophy for most points at the show.

Navanvale also fared well, with eight broad ribbons for the Hogg family's entries, while the Mullan family's Eastville Park entries did well in the March-shorn classes - six broad ribbons, including champion and reserve in the March-shorn Merino ewe event.

Katanning Sheep Show *

·Supreme exhibit: *East Mundalla *

·State representative: *East Mundalla *

·Rabobank group of five: *Misty Hills *

·Grand champion Poll Merino ram: *East Mundalla *; Reserve: *Belmont Park *

·Grand champion Poll Merino ewe: *Seymour Park *; Reserve: *Kamballie *

·Grand champion Merino ram: *Misty Hills *; Reserve: *Woodyarrup *

·Grand champion Merino ewe: *Navanvale *; Reserve: *Navanvale *

·Champion August-shorn Poll Merino ram: *East Mundalla *; Reserve: *Belmont Park *

·Champion August-shorn Poll Merino ewe: *Seymour Park *; Reserve: *Kamballie *

·Champion August-shorn Merino ram: *Misty Hills *; Reserve: *Woodyarrup *

·Champion August-shorn Merino ewe: *Navanvale *; Reserve: *Navanvale *

·Champion March-shorn Poll Merino ram: *Warralea *; Reserve: *Claypans *

·Champion March-shorn Poll Merino ewe: *Willemenup *; Reserve: *Rhamily *

·Champion March-shorn Merino ram: *Navanvale *; Reserve: *Barloo *

·Champion March-shorn Merino ewe: *Eastville Park *; Reserve: *Eastville Park *

·Champion superfine August-shorn Merino ram: *Misty Hills *; Reserve: *Misty Hills *

·Champion fine wool August-shorn Merino ram: *Auburn Valley *; Reserve; *Misty Hills *

·Champion fine/medium wool August-shorn Merino ram: *Angenup *; Reserve: *Darijon *

·Champion medium wool August-shorn Merino ram: *Woodyarrup *; Reserve: *East Mundalla *

·Champion strong wool August-shorn Merino ram: *Belka Valley *; Reserve: *Kamballie *

·Champion superfine August-shorn Poll Merino ram: *Rosedale Polls *; Reserve: *Rosedale Polls *

·Champion fine/medium wool August-shorn Poll Merino ram: *Belmont Park *; Reserve: *Angenup *

·Champion medium wool August-shorn Poll Merino ram: *Seymour Park *; Reserve: *Seymour Park *

·Champion strong wool August-shorn Poll Merino ram: *East Mundalla *; Reserve: *Sunny View *

·Champion March-shorn Merino or Poll Merino ram: *Tilba Tilba *

·Champion fine wool March-shorn Merino ram: *Tilba Tilba *; Reserve: *Tilba Tilba *

·Champion fine/medium wool March-shorn Merino ram: *Angenup *; Reserve: *Angenup *

·Champion medium wool March-shorn Merino ram: * Barloo *; Reserve: *Barloo *

·Champion strong wool March-shorn Merino ram: *Navanvale *; Reserve: *Barloo *

·Champion fine wool March-shorn Poll Merino ram: *Woolkabin *; Reserve: *Seymour Park *

·Champion fine/medium wool March-shorn Poll Merino ram: *Warralea *; Reserve: * Claypans *

·Champion strong wool March-shorn Poll Merino ram: *Willemenup *; Reserve: *Eastville Park *

·Champion medium wool March-shorn Poll Merino ram: *Warralea *; Reserve: *Claypans *

·Champion superfine August-shorn Merino or Poll Merino ewe: *Tilba Tilba *; Reserve: *Tilba Tilba *

·Champion fine wool August-shorn Merino ewe: *Tilba Tilba *; Reserve: *Tilba Tilba *

·Champion fine/medium wool August-shorn ewe: *Angenup *; Reserve: *Angenup *

·Champion medium wool August-shorn Merino ewe: *Navanvale *; Reserve: *Angenup *

·Champion strong wool August-shorn Merino ewe: *Navanvale *; Reserve: *Auburn Valley *

·Champion fine wool August-shorn Poll Merino ewe: *Rangeview *

·Champion fine/medium wool August-shorn Poll Merino ewe: *Seymour Park *; Reserve: *Coromandel *

·Champion medium wool August-shorn Poll Merino ewe: *Seymour Park *; Reserve: *Kamballie *

·Champion strong wool August-shorn Poll Merino ewe: *Auburn Valley *; Reserve: *Claypans *

·Champion superfine/fine/medium wool March-shorn Merino ewe: *Eastville Park *; Reserve: *Rangeview *

·Champion medium/strong March-shorn Merino ewe: *Eastville Park *; Reserve: *Eastville Park *

·Champion superfine/fine/medium wool March-shorn Poll Merino ewe: *Rhamily *; Reserve: *Rhamily *

·Champion medium/strong wool March-shorn Poll Merino ewe: *Willemenup *; Reserve: *Rhamily *

·Junior champion ram: *Warralea *

·Champion pair of August-shorn Merino rams: *Misty Hills *; Reserve: * Westerdale *

·Champion pair of March-shorn Merino rams: *Angenup *

·Champion pair of March-shorn Merino rams: *Angenup *

·Grand champion pair of rams: *Misty Hills *

·Genstock trophy for most points: *Angenup *

·Pro ewe: *Seymour Park *

·Pro ram: *Belka Valley *

·Production class: *Woolkabin *

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