Another Claypans win in group class

Another Claypans win in group class


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IT was celebrations all round for the Bolt family when it repeated last year's win in the prestigious class for a group of thee Merino or Poll Merino rams under 1.5 years.

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Claypans stud, Corrigin, exhibited the junior champion, grand champion autumn shorn ram and champion autumn shorn Poll Merino ram under 1.5yo. With the ram were stud principals Philip (left) and Steven Bolt.

Claypans stud, Corrigin, exhibited the junior champion, grand champion autumn shorn ram and champion autumn shorn Poll Merino ram under 1.5yo. With the ram were stud principals Philip (left) and Steven Bolt.

IT was celebrations all round for the Bolt family when it repeated last year's win in the prestigious class for a group of thee Merino or Poll Merino rams under 1.5 years.

Not only did they have the honour of being named the winners of the class they also took home $4000 prize money donated by the Royal Agricultural Society of WA.

The Bolts only won the class for the first time last year after 19 years of showing at the Royal, so to win it back-to-back was pretty special and capped off an excellent weekend of showing for the stud.

The Claypans team of Poll Merinos beat five other teams for the award and the right to claim the big cheque.

When the winners were announced judge Scott Pickering, Derella Downs and Pyramid Poll studs, Cascade, said it was a tough class but in the end they couldn't go past the Claypans team for its superior evenness.

"They are three well-grown rams with good size, balance and structure," he said.

"They also have good white wools and show good wool cutting ability."

The even team were all based on Claypans breeding with one by Claypans 752, one from the stud's White family and one from a syndicate mating.

Two of the rams in the team have been sold by the stud this selling season.

The team of two-tooth rams averaged 125kg with measurements of 19.5, 20.0 and 20.8 micron and 99.0, 99.7 and 99.5 per cent comfort factor in the wool.

The Johnston family's Merna stud, Quairading, placed second with a Poll Merino team and the Mullan family's Quailerup West stud, Wickepin, was third with a Merino team.

Mr Pickering said the Merna team was very even in the wool and the Quailerup West team was an upstanding group of Merino rams with good stylish wools.

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