Wattle Park doubles up

By Jamie Lowe

Finley’s Wattle Park stud was a double winner at the Elders Riverina Sheep Expo, claiming both the Performance Ewe and Performance Ram of the Year titles.

The result comes a year after Finley based Closeup stud achieved the same feat.

Stud owner John Jamieson was surprised to win a double, particularly with his ewe.

"She's straight out of the paddock, it's her first show," he said.

"I think the judge chose her because she still has her lamb's teeth.

"She was a bit younger than the other ewes in the line-up and has a pretty handy scan there at 93.5kg and 42 eye-muscle lined with fat.

"They haven't seen a lot of feed these ewes. To be in that sort of condition and to have a scan like that, just show she's a really good type of young stud merino.

"She's a real light southern type, she's clean over the head, real good on her feet, and handles really well through the lining of her muscle and still has plenty of length."

The winning Wattle Park 337 ram weighed 127.5 kilograms and had a fat depth of 11 millimetres and eye muscle depth of 49mm.

Judging both performance categories was Joe Scott from Valley Vista Poll Dorset in Coolac.

Mr Scott was quite impressed with both of Wattle Park's winners.

"The ewe had a very good carcase, and stands up on her feet extremely well,"

"She was very white across the line which helped put her on top.

"It was difficult with the ram class with a Merino ram in the class.

"I had to re-think the way I was judging the class.

"The ram I had on top, I first picked him on his structure without looking at his figures.

"I did the same with the ewes. I didn't look at the numbers straight away, I just judged the sheep in my head first on structure, their muscle and their depth from what I could see.

"Once I stood back and had a look I read the cards. The ram I picked first then had the numbers that he'd been scanned with that morning that matched and justified his performance to being the top ram.

"I was very happy with his depth, the way he stands he looks so correct on his feet.

"He's going to last his five or six years as a sire and will definitely do his part in the market place."