WA stud breeders dominated this year¹s Australian Sheep and Wool show in Bendigo, Victoria last week.
The success at this year¹s show followed on from the state¹s strong showing in 2005 and once again made eastern state breeders stand up and take notice of the WA seedstock industry.
Fourteen Merino studs and two White Suffolk studs made the trek across the Nullarbor to compete in the southern hemisphere¹s biggest sheep and wool show to come home with 29 broad ribbons, including the coveted National Merino Pair of the Year title and the prestigious supreme Merino exhibit of the show.
In the end it was an East Strathglen ewe, Princess, which was the talking point of the shed, with her volume and wool quality sparking much discussion at the weekend.
The attention on the big upstanding, medium wool ewe which had already been sashed the grand champion Merino ewe at both the Wagin Woolorama and the Williams Gateway Expo, was warranted when she went all the way to be crowned the supreme exhibit of the show.
Princess also played a major role in East Strathglen winning the national pair award for the second time in four years.
It was a unanimous decision by the judges to award the national pair title to the powerful pair from the Tambellup-based East Strathglen stud.
Judge David Taylor, Pooginook stud, Jerrilderie, NSW, said the East Strathglen pair was a very unique combination and they were so far in front of the other pairs winning the award was never in question.
³They are a very uniform and robust pair who are a real credit to the stud,² Mr Taylor said.
³The ewe is an outstanding specimen and one of the most outstanding ewes I have ever seen.
³She has a great topline, a good spring of rib and a beautiful soft medium wool.
³The ram is also outstanding, he is deep, well sprung and very well structured.²
The winning East Strathglen combination is a product of a highly successful ET program undertaken by the stud.
The pair was sired by Charinga Junior 12 and out of Bendigo Queen, who was part of the stud¹s winning 2004 National pair.
After being part of the winning pair on Saturday night the ewe continued her winning streak on Sunday and contiuned to reap praise as she eased through the various championships on her way to the supreme award.
After missing out to rams in WA for the supreme award at Woolorama and the Williams Expo, the East Strathglen ewe outclassed a strong wool Merino ram from the Concordia stud, Victoria, in a close race for the supreme award.