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HILLDEN POLL DORSET STUD AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS SHEEP INTERBREED AFTER INITIAL TIE

An exciting finish to the RASV Sheep Interbreed has seen Hillden Poll Dorset Stud, Bannister NSW take out the top prize for Interbreed Champion Ram after the class ended in a tie.

With the six appointed judges unable to split the Poll Dorset and White Suffolk rams, respected breeder Ian Bucknall was brought in as over-judge to select the final winner, with owner James Frost accepting the award which includes prize gifts from Paton Livestock Equipment, Shearwell Data and Animal Art House.

Ian Kyle’s Ashley Park Stud, Bairnsdale, was awarded Reserve Champion for the White Suffolk.

Poll Dorset was also the winning breed of Champion Ewe taken out by Valley Vista Poll Dorset Stud, Coolac NSW with the Scott family on hand to accept the honour.

“We congratulate the 2017 Royal Melbourne Show Sheep Competition Interbreed Champions on their outstanding entries and continued success,” said Mark O’Sullivan, CEO, The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV).

“With over 550 sheep entered in 2017, the continued growth of the competition is a testament to the exceptional exhibitor experience on offer at the Show.”

The Royal Melbourne Show Sheep Competition concludes tomorrow, with the Sheep Schools and Youth Competition and the Agricultural Shows of Australia (ASA) National Finals Merino and Meat Breeds judging.

From Tuesday, you will still be able to see sheep at the Show in the Heritage Sheep Display in The Weekly Times Livestock Pavilion, the Jayco Animal Nursery, The Animal Farmyard and in the Sheep Shearing Show in The Farmhouse.