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TAS Country : October 14th 2010
ber 15, 2010 17 What a difference a Day makes FAMILY AFFAIR: The champion Interbreed Group of Three from Sunnybanks with three generations of the Day family, from left, Connor, 11, his father Paul and grandfather Peter Day. Pictures: KAROLIN MacGREGOR DAILY DOUBLE: Paul Day, from the Sunnybanks stud at Penguin, with the Poll Dorset named the Champion Interbreed Ewe, left, and with the Champion Interbreed Ram, right, a huge 153kg Poll Dorset. THE Day family made a clean sweep at this year's Royal Launceston Show, winning all three interbreed sheep classes. Sheep from the family's Sunnybanks Poll Dorset stud kicked off the family's winning streak by taking out the Interbreed Group of Three award. The family's White Suffolk stud also did well to take home the Reserve Champion Interbreed Group title. Two of the sheep in the Poll Dorset interbreed group are twins and full brother and sister to the Days' well-performed ewe called Stephanie, which won a swag of broad ribbons in 2008. All three of the sheep were bred using artificial insemination. The other sheep included in this year's winning group was Stephanie's daughter, sired by a Sunnybanks ram. Paul Day said it was a combination of genetics that seemed to be very effective. ''We've used that cross a couple of times and it's worked really well,'' he said. Third place in the Interbreed Group of Three went to Brett Stokes' Noble Lee Suffolk stud. In the Interbreed Ewe Class, the Days' Poll Dorset was up against a top-quality line-up of sheep from around the state. Owen Badcock was one of three interbreed judges overseeing the class and said the winning ewe was hard to fault. The Days also picked up another Reserve Champion Interbreed title with the White Suffolk ewe. A South Down ewe from the Badcock family's Fairbank stud was third in the Interbreed Ewe class. In the Interbreed Ram class, the Days' huge 153kg Poll Dorset ram was the one to beat. ''To be such a big ram and to still be so good on his feet is pretty good,'' Mr Day said. The Sunnybanks ram was sashed champion, with a Border Leicester ram exhibited by Jared Scott named reserve. A Hampshire Down ram bred and owned by the Hogarth brothers was third. Mr Day said it was the first time they had won all three interbreed awards at a major show. ''It's all good promotion for our sheep,'' he said. Breeding and showing sheep is very much a family affair for the Days, who have three generations now involved with the stud, including 11-year-old Connor. The family run about 100 stud ewes on their property at Penguin. week's Royal Launceston Show. Return to ring rewards stud STRONG LINE-UP: Champion Interbreed Senior Cow Pleasant Vale Jane with her handler Samantha Cables and her heifer calf, led by Kate Murfett. A RETURN to the show ring after a year off has proved to be a good move for Chris Best from the Pleasant Vale Angus stud. A 4½-year-old cow from the Mr Best's stud won the Champion Interbreed Senior Female award at last week's Royal Launceston Show. The winning cow was Pleasant Vale Jane, also shown as a heifer a few years ago when she won a major interbreed award at the Devonport Show. Jane was shown this time around with her six-month-old heifer calf at foot. Gavin O'Brien was one of three interbreed judges overseeing the classes and said it was a strong line-up in the senior cow class at Launceston. ''I really do admire the volume and freedom of movement in this Angus cow,'' he said. ''She's got a good calf following along behind her and she's got excellent feet and legs.'' Jane also went on to be sashed the Supreme Champion Female. Judge Erin Smith agreed that Jane was the one to beat. ''She's got a very good udder and sound feet . . . she's just a nice cow,'' she said. Mr Best said he was thrilled to win the awards against some tough competition. Fairly new to the stud game, Mr Best started breeding Angus cattle about six years ago and only started showing a few years ago. He has about 150 registered stock in the stud on his property at Deloraine. nother win on family has won another major ward after taking out the Grand iry Cow title at last week's Royal how. g cow, five-year-old Friesian Linsand s, had a late start to showing and was n a few weeks before the show. hompson handled the cow during the id that while she did not have any rience, Bubbles handled the uite well. s when you break them in late they can y, but she hasn't been too bad,'' .ed at the family's Lindsand Holstein f the milking herd on the Bracknell at a good line-up of cows from a number ke home the interbreed award. Bubbles Champion Senior Interbreed Cow award t-after Best Udder title. id Bubbles would also be shown later in Devonport.
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