The McLennan-McColl Flock of the Year competition, presented by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria in partnership with Merino Victoria, completed judging on Friday with ‘SF & RK Davidson’ owners Garry and Kaye Davidson named the 2015 Victorian Flock of the Year winners.
The Davidsons’ 1441 hectare property located in Walpa, took out the $1500 cash prize from the field of eight entered properties and is operated by Garry and Kaye, with their son Scott, who were all thrilled by the win.
“I love breeding Merino sheep, I’ve done it all my life and I know nothing else. It’s terrific to have this bestowed upon us,” Mr Davidson said after receiving the award.
The results were announced on Friday evening during the Flock of the Year barbecue dinner, supported by East Gippsland Shire and held at the property of John and Leanne White, third place-getters and final stop on the judging tour, with Deputy Mayor Michael Freshwater in attendance.
Recently renamed in honour of two of the Merino industry’s most well-respected, wool producer, Neil McLennan and sheep classer, Keith McColl, the award celebrates and assists with improving the quality of Victoria’s merino ewe flocks.
Judges Michael Collins, owner of Mt Bute stud and Phil Toland, stud principal, Toland Merinos said the calibre of entries, this year open to properties in the Gippsland region, was outstanding.
“There is a good future for the ‘Merino’, there were a lot of good sheep here today. The scores were very close and we did a lot of head-scratching to get to the final decision,” Mr Collins said during Friday’s presentation.
Gippsland Sheep Breeders Association supported both the second prize ($300) won by DJ Boland and JM Peavey, Giffard via Sale and third prize ($200) won by JCJ and LM White, via Bairnsdale.
An encouragement prize of $200, a new initiative for 2015 supported by Gippsland Merino Breeders, was presented to Millring Pastoral, Toongabbie.
Other entrants, fellow producers and interested parties were able to view entrants’ production systems and learn best practice management with competing properties open over the day of judging.
RASV CEO Mark O’Sullivan said the organisation was delighted with the outstanding results of the 2015 McLennan-McColl Flock of the Year and confirmed the event would travel to North-East Victoria in 2016.
“The field of entries from the Gippsland region this year was impressive and RASV congratulates Garry, Kaye and Scott Davidson on their achievement,” said Mr O’Sullivan.
“This competition is part of RASV’s commitment to showcasing Victorian agriculture and supporting regional events and we look forward to bringing the 2016 McLennan-McColl Flock of the Year to North-East Victoria in 2016.”
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2015 McLennan-McColl Flock of the Year Results
Champion ($1500 cash prize supported by RASV)
SF & RK Davidson, Walpa
Second Prize ($300 cash prize supported by Gippsland Sheep Breeders Association)
DJ Boland and JM Peavey, Giffard
Third Prize ($200 cash prize supported by Gippsland Sheep Breeders Association)
JCJ and LM White, Bairnsdale
Encouragement Award ($200 cash prize supported by Gippsland Merino Breeders)
Millring Pastoral, Toongabbie