Courtesy of Philippe Perez, Stock & Land
The Rene stud, Culcairn, NSW has kicked off what is hoped to be a successful show season in fantastic fashion, winning the Poll Dorset supreme exhibit at the 2023 Sheepvention event with their grand champion ewe.
The stud also won the grand champion ram ribbon at the event, which stud co-principal Scott Mitchell said it was great to get success ahead of the Australasian Dorset Championships, to be held in Bendigo in September.
"It's a great honour to come down here and do so well in such a big show," he said.
"We pretty much targeted this show, because we want to get to the September show later on down the track, and this is a good area to get some publicity if we do well.
"We thought we had a fairly handy team too here and we're very impressed with the result we've got to that extent."
Mr Mitchell said the winning supreme exhibit ewe had great, dense wool cover with a great shoulder setting.
"She has really good Poll Dorset type, has got a beautiful outlook and is well balanced and beautiful on her feet, with all the muscle you want," he said.
"Honestly, the day I started to get this ewe out and get it somewhere to know we could have something to show, I knew we had something special, because she stuck out in amongst all the other ewes."
The winning exhibit had initially won supreme champion ewe in Mr Mitchell's local show in Gundagai, NSW.
He said his supreme champion ram winner was also a wonderful exhibit, and will be retained for his flock in upcoming years.
"It is a stylish, beautiful ram who also has a great outlook with a strong head on him," he said.
"There is beautiful length on the ram too, which for where we sell rams into our area, he'll be doing a lot of work through our stud."
Sheepvention Poll Dorset judge Joe Scott, Valley Vista, Coolac, NSW said he "couldn't go past the ewe" for the ribbon and said it had "great depth and line".
Both the Poll Dorset champions went on to be supreme interbreed shortwool ewe and ram.
Mr Mitchell said the experience of attending Sheepvention was beneficial and speaking to other Poll Dorset breeders was a major highlight.
"Poll Dorset sheep are not only dominant here in Hamilton but all over Australia, and when you have many judges from different breeds putting us up there in quality, that really starts resonating to you, and tells you that you are doing the right thing," he said.
"Makes you really feel good about the direction you are heading."
Judge: Joe Scott Coolac
Rabobank Supreme Poll Dorset Exhibit: Rene Studs, Champion Ewe: 220067
Grand Champion Ram: Rene Studs 220051
Champion Senior Ram: Rene Studs 220051
Reserve Senior Champion Ram: Rene Studs 220088
Junior Champion Ram: Glenore 220045
Reserve Junior Champion Ram: Mallee Park 220197
Champion Ewe: Rene Studs 220067
Reserve Champion Ewe: Glenore Studs 220099
PD Group 1 Ram & 2 Ewes: Rene Stud
Sire Progeny Group: Glenore
Group of 3 Rams: Glenore
Most Successful Lamb Exhibitor: Estjam
Most Successful Ram Exhibitor: Mallee Park
Most Successful Poll Dorset Exhibitor: Mallee Park.