The RAS has participated in and sponsored the Prime Lamb Hoof and Hook Competition held at the Illabo Show since 2001.
This year on Saturday 13th October 2019 it was on for young and old again.
FRIDAY: Nicole Bryce and Maddy Gribble load up the vehicles and drive on down to Illabo.
SATURDAY MORNING: Up at 5.30am to head on down to delivery and weighing of sheep which will commence at 6.30-7am with Phil Carter and James Croker.
As the sheep arrive, sheep were drafted off the truck in groups of ten, these ten are weighted in order to check which class they should go into, the classes are determined by the average weight of the group of ten. Sheep are weighed for their live weight the first three from each pen that fill the class weight were scanned and tagged.
The sheep were then drafted into their allocated pen ready for the live judging.
It was cold in the morning but in no time at all it got very hot and very dusty. Slip, slop, slap The weighing process finished around 10.30am.
Next on the agenda is the live judging. It started around 11am. At the conclusion of all classes, the ribbons, supplied by Illabo and certificates were posted onto the winning pens.
SUPREME CHAMPION PEN OF LAMBS
Brobinyah Pastoral Company Poll Dorset x Merino/Border Leicester
RESERVE CHAMPION PEN OF LAMBS
G and J Brabin Poll
Dorset x Merino/Border Leicester
MONDAY: Everyone likes to start as early as possible at the Abattoir on the Monday morning. The RAS Competitions manager Paige Cape went into the Abattoir to collect the score cards and take pictures of the winners, while CASA team member Maddy Gribble punched the results into the computer.
GRAND CHAMPION CARCASE - The Betty Hordern Trophy
TOM & JUDY PATTISON
Ear Tag No 311B Poll Dorset x Merino/Border Leicester This carcase showed great muscling and fat coverage without having little waste. Quality of the carcase showed through the breeding and feed.
RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION CARCASE
R B & H SHERIDAN
Ear Tag No 302A Poll Dorset x Merino/Border Leicester This was a quality carcase which just missed out on Champion. The carcase had good fat cover for age and weight.
CHAMPION PEN OF PRIME LAMB CARCASES
MURRUMBURRAH HIGH SCHOOL
(Pen 212) Poll Dorset Composite
RESERVE CHAMPION PEN OF PRIME LAMB CARCASES
C J WILSON
(Pen 308) Poll Dorset x Merino/Border Leicester
There was a quite a range across the classes but the lambs but the lambs at the high end were consistently a very saleable commodity. Despite the drought exhibitors travelled from far and wide with 300 of the usual 400 + lambs still showing the Sheep Meat Industry at it’s finest.
The MLA was a keen sponsor of the event and it is at these grass roots level with one of the largest showings at a Sheep Hoof and hook competition. The information gained helps exhibitors examine the results and ascertain sire performance and overall turn off traits of the carcases from their respective properties.