Student scoops the pool at Geelong lamb carcase comp

Champion carcase and most successful lamb competition exhibitor, Sam Box from Maude.Lethbridge primary school student, Sam Box, Maude, has walked away from the Royal Geelong Show lamb carcase competition clutching a fist full of placegetter ribbons including the champion carcase award and the gong for the most successful exhibitor.

The 12 year old loves nothing more than mustering the family’s 80 head ewe breeding flock on his motor bike and beat a number of seasoned-campaigners claiming award ribbons in each of the competition’s three live judging divisions.

These included two sectional winners, a third placing plus two third placings in the carcase judging.

Sam, who farms for fun at Maude with his water-carter dad, Michael (and a bit of help from their good neighbour, Graham Johns) entered a team of three in each of the three weight divisions.

The Box family lambs which were Lucerne-fed were sired by Suffolk rams and bred from traditional Border Leicester Merino-cross ewes.

South Suffolk stud breeder, Barry Shalders, who farms of the edge of the laver flow at Derrinallum, won the Stock & Land sponsored grand champion award for the best pen of three lamb carcases.

The Shalders’ lambs were South Suffolk-cross and bred from English Leicester Merino-cross dams.

This combination won Barry Shalders blue ribbons both live and on the hooks in the 16- 19.9kg trade weight class, and champion pen of three live as well as on the hooks.

A total of 81 lamb entries were judged in this year’s competition with BA, HA & TR Jorgenson of Antwerp awarded the blue ribbon for best three heavy weight carcases weighing 24-29.9kg.

Laurie and June Forster of Sutherland gained the judge’s nod for the best pens of three carcases weighing 20-23.9kg along with a second placing gained in the light weight, 16- 19.9kg carcase class.

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