BRUCE and Carol Edmonds, Calingiri, received a 50th birthday present of royal proportions this week when a fleece they exhibited at the 2012 IGA Perth Royal Show was judged the supreme exhibit.
It has been a pleasing year for the Edmonds family as they recently celebrated their 50th year in Merino breeding at their annual on-property ram sale.
And adding to the celebrations, this year's win made it back-to-back titles for the Edmonds.
Last year, a high standard Mannalea stud fleece from Edmonds was judged supreme, but this year it was a fleece from one of their Glen-Byrne stud ewes which came out on top.
Ms Edmonds said this year they housed 18 orange tag ewes for 10 months and with help from their local Landmark wool and livestock manager Grant Lupton they selected the final 13 fleeces which they put forward for judging.
"They were a nice group of heavy-cutting ewes and we were pleasantly surprised by their weights," she said.
"When we found out we had won the supreme fleece for the second year in a row we were in a bit of disbelief as it's hard enough to win it once.
"After the initial shock we were thrilled and it was pleasing that it was more of a family effort this year with our 10-year-old twin boys, Jackson and Joseph helping us to prepare the ewes."
Last year the Edmonds exhibited the reserve champion superfine fleece and placed first in the pair of ewes fleeces class for their area zone at the Show.
Mr Edmonds said praise for both supreme fleece awards must go to shearing contractor Mike Crowther who shore the ewes to perfection.
This year the judging committee received 196 fleece entries, which was slightly down on last year's when 215 were presented.
Nevertheless the wool quality throughout the competition was exceptional.
There were six competition judges, including Landmark senior account manager Cameron Henry, Landmark business development manager Ben Silverman, Elders Avon Valley district wool manager Tony Alosi, Elders Upper Great Southern district wool manager Tim Burgess, Primaries wool representative Carl Poingdestre and Primaries wool manager and chief judge Tim Chapman.
Mr Chapman said the Glen-Byrne fleece was an excellent weight of 8.3kg and 19.6 micron.
"It also had a high yield of 75 per cent and measured a tensile strength of 55N/kt, which is exceptionally sound," he said.
"The fleece has a co-efficient of variation of 14.3 and a 99.8pc comfort factor, which shows it's extremely even in all aspects and very soft handling."
Overall the Glen-Byrne fleece scored 95 out of a total of 100 points.
Check out next week's Farm Weekly for all the results from the first weekend of judging at the IGA Perth Royal Show.