Breed showcased at LambEx 2016
THE Australian Poll Dorset Association was on display at LambEx 2016 last month, with a record crowd of 1050 people walking past the breed’s prominent stand at the Lauren Jackson Sports Centre in Albury, New South Wales.
There was strong interest in the Poll Dorset breed, with 200 entries in the ‘Win a Quilt’ Competition and the lucky winner being announced as Jessie Waite from Wodonga, Victoria.
With a large stand, the Poll Dorset display captured the interest of much of the crowd, showcasing exactly why Poll Dorsets are the Number 1 prime lamb sire!
Several Poll Dorset studs also had rams on display, with Chrome Sheep Studs, Gooramma Stud, Kentish Downs and Tattykeel exhibiting an excellent selection of Poll Dorset sires which attracted strong enquiries.
During the two-and-a-half-day event delegates were treated to a great line-up of speakers that ranged from United States Chef Neil Doherty, Sysco Corporation and New Zealand Merino’s Dave Maslen to producers Vicky Geddes, Holbrook, NSW; Matt Browning, Borambil, NSW and 2015 NSW Farmer of the Year Ed Fagan.
Indigenous Marathon Foundation Founder and Director Robert de Castella; Riverina Bluebell’s Chris Wilson, Wantabadgery, NSW and former RIRDC National Rural Woman of the Year Pip Job, Geurie, NSW, also struck a chord with the audience with their stories of depression, courage, self-belief, and succession planning.
Darren Cameron, Victoria, was the winner of the Fairfax Agricultural Media, Roseville Park and NSW Stud Merino Breeders Association prize of 50 Roseville Park ewes, while Thomas Hooke, Wanganella, NSW, took home the Waddy’s Collies started Border Collie sheepdog pup.
The LambEx Young Guns Competition also attracted a record number of entries, with 12 outstanding finalists addressing the 1000-strong crowd on Thursday, winners in the Early Career Professional section were Elise Bowen, Sheep Data Management, NSW; Post Graduate Student section Steve Connaughton, Murdoch University, WA and High School/Undergraduate Student section Laura Wishart, Marcus Oldham College, Victoria.
A special Highly Commended award also went to Year 10 student Charlie Shadwell, Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School, NSW.
LambEx 2016 Chairman Rodney Watt, who also runs the Felix Rams Poll Dorset Stud at Greenethorpe, NSW, thanked all who had attended the event.
“You’ve helped make this year’s LambEx the best and biggest event ever,” he said.
“I particularly want to thank the sponsors, without you we would not have been able to hold such a successful event. I would also like to thank the speakers, and the committee, in particular Tracy Lamb, who took on an enormous job with helping to manage the event and ensuring everything ran smoothly.
“Tracy did an incredible job and the event would not have been successful without her and the support of the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries.
“I look forward to attending LambEx 2018!”