Tattykeel ewe prime lamb supreme

Linebreeding success at the meat and dual purpose sheep breeds

James Gilmore, Tattykeel Poll Dorset stud, Oberon, parades the supreme prime lamb exhibit during the 2022 Sydney Royal Meat and Dual Purpose Breed Sheep Show.
Graham, Kirsty and James Gilmore, of Tattykeel, Oberon, with the Peter Taylor Memorial Perpetual Trophy for group of one ram and two ewes. Photos: Brett Tindal

A Poll Dorset ewe with a double cross of the 2015 Sydney Royal supreme prime lamb ewe and a double cross of the 2016 supreme prime lamb ewe was sashed the 2022 supreme prime lamb exhibit at the conclusion of the meat and dual purpose breed sheep judging.

The ewe was exhibited by Graham, Kirsty, James and Ross Gilmore, Tattykeel Poll Dorset stud, Oberon. In another connection to past winners, its grandsire on both sides of her pedigree were ET-bred twin brothers, with one being the 2018 supreme exhibit at Sydney.

Graham Gilmore said the ewe's success confirmed the stud's philosophy of line breeding to produce an animal which was both genetically secure and productive.

"We line breed our sheep to fix the type and consistency of pedigree which guarantees the progeny are as even as possible and yet meet industry demands for profitable meat production," Mr Gilmore said. "We pay close attention to pedigree and base our breeding program on the fact that our sheep, because they are linebred, are genetically stable."

The supreme exhibit had been awarded grand champion Poll Dorset ewe under judge James Corcoran Snr, Gooramma Poll Dorsets, Boorowa, as well as being part of the first-placed pair of ewes class.

Mr Corcoran described her as an outstanding young female, alert and very feminine.

"Her leg placement was perfect each time I looked at her," he said. "And with a beautiful hindquarter and amazing topline we couldn't go past her."

The Poll Dorset ewe beat the supreme prime lamb ram, a Poll Dorset also from Tattykeel, for supreme.

The milk-tooth, bare shorn ram had been sashed grand champion ram for the Poll Dorset breed by Mr Corcoran.

Following the judging of the supreme ram class and before results were tabulated and announced, Border Leicester judge Reg Sweeney, Bindaree stud, Merrygoen, was invited to make a comment.

"It was such a great line of rams which made our job just that little bit harder," Mr Sweeney said.

"For my number one, I've gone for the Border Leicester ram - I know I'm bucking the trend but he is a good representation of the breed, well muscled right through, a big upstanding ram who takes your eye every time you walk past him.

"My second place is the Poll Dorset - he is full of meat, smooth and not overdone, but I think he should breed on."

Mr Sweeney had the White Suffolk ram has his third pick.

RESULTS:

Peter Taylor Memorial Perpetual Trophy:

First: Tattykeel Poll Dorset stud, Oberon. Second: Rocdell White Suffolk stud, Bigga. Third: Wattle Farm Border Leicester stud, Temora.

JA and MY Gilmore Perpetual Trophy:

First: Tattykeel Poll Dorset stud, Oberon. Second: Wattle Farm Border Leicester stud, Temora. Third: Rocdell White Suffolk stud, Bigga.

Supreme prime lamb ewe:

First: Tattykeel Poll Dorset stud, Oberon. Second: Wattle Farm Border Leicester stud, Temora. Third: Tattykeel Australian White stud, Oberon.

Supreme prime lamb ram:

First: Tattykeel Poll Dorset stud, Oberon. Second: Wattle Farm Border Leicester stud, Temora. Third: Rocdell White Suffolk stud, Bigga.

Supreme prime lamb ewe and exhibit:

Tattykeel.

The judges included Charlotte Close, Corowa; James Corcoran, Boorowa; Jack Finch, Sydney; Joanne Fraser, Berrima; Christo Harmse, Gunnedah; Matthew Hill, St Helens Plains, Vic; Dan Lustenberger, Tarcutta; Peter Matus, Bathurst; Paul Routley, Urana; and, Reg Sweeney, Merrygoen.

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