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TAS Country : October 28th 2010
ber 29, 2010 17 Fentons fly Charolais flag NICHOLAS Fenton, of Wyndari, won the Best Group of Three cattle with Charolais cattle at this year's Royal Hobart Agricultural Show. It was the first time Nicholas, who has been showing for 16 years, had won the Group of Three. The three animals in the group were sired by a $15,000 bull the Fentons bought from New South Wales who won the Royal Hobart Show 2006 Supreme Exhibit. Nicholas operates the Wyndari stud with his father Neville at Bushy Park. It was Neville Fenton's 30th consecutive year showing Charolais as part of his Murton stud. The Fenton family own the only Charolais stud in the state's South. ''It was nice to keep it down here,'' Nicholas said. Neville's father Jim started the original stud. CHUFFED: Laura and Brett Stokes with the Supreme Champion Ewe. Back after break in dry spell THE Royal Hobart Agricultural Show's 2010 Supreme Champion Ewe was bred at Campania by Brett Stokes. Brett breeds Suffolks and produces flock rams on his 48ha property Noblelee. Noblelee won second in the Interbreed Ram and Interbreed Group. Brett said many producers had done it tough in the South of the state. ''There have been pockets in the South-East that did not get the rain,'' he said. ''The sheep are a little bit underdone.'' Brett took last year off from showing because of the conditions. He said he was ''really chuffed'' with the win. The Noblelee sheep sale is scheduled for December. Family make it a day to remember HAPPY TRIO: Paul and Karla Day with son Connor and the Champion Group of Three. THE Supreme Champion Group of Three under 1.5 years was won by Paul and Karla Day, of Penguin. The Days cleaned up on the day, winning the Champion Poll Dorset Ewe and the Supreme Champion Poll Dorset exhibit. The Days run their Poll Dorset stud on the 48ha property Sunny Banks with their son Connor, who runs a White Suffolk stud. The Days won the Supreme Group of Three last year with their Poll Dorsets. Paul took over his father's stud, which was started in 1960. The Days are very busy people --- they run 120 ewes, grow new potatoes, and Paul owns a joinery business. The Days' ewe beat their ram for the Supreme Poll Dorset Exhibit. The ewe's full sister won it two years ago. ''That doesn't happen very often,'' Paul said. The Days' ram will be auctioned at their ram sale at Devonport Show Grounds at 2.30pm on November 15. The Days will be holding the sale in conjunction with Emerald Hills Black Suffolks. There will be 25 Poll Dorset rams, 10 White Suffolk rams and 12 Black Suffolk rams for auction on the day. TUMMY UPSET: Chris Best and Grand Champion Supreme Bull Pleasant Vale Cougar. ota ter s built in 1830. l-time seven years ud. e on the farm,'' said two sons to re they make a year from a mob ngupastudand ere,'' Chris said. sales came as a SHOW SHOCK G EFFORT: Ridgley farmer Gary Clark with the mpion Junior Beef Bull, Shangri La Eisenhower. represented by only one exhibitor at this year's Hobart Show. ''The cost is high and the rewards at the finish are disappointing,'' Mr Fenton said. ''There were only 64 cattle this year, last year there were 102. A couple of years ago that shed was packed. Hopefully they can do something about it. ''A major sponsor is what we need.'' Outgoing Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania chief executive Philip Le Grove said the cattle farmers were right. ''We've got some soul- searching to do,'' Mr Le Grove said. ''I don't think they are asking too much, we are going to have to go and find a way to get them back.'' He said both Launceston and Burnie shows had good entries this year. ''That's where the stock are, the farms are, in the North of the state, and the main dairying industry is located in the North-West,'' Mr Le Grove said. He said the average cost for exhibitors was $1500 for a return trip. ''It's a huge investment,'' Mr Le Grove said. ''People go North because they sell their bulls into that market and they are keen to put them on show. It doesn't work the other way, they're not coming South.'' Dairy stud Green Glory Holsteins at Broadmarsh is the only stud breeder left in the South of the state. Green Glory producer Ben Geard said the six producers expected to line up each year had left the industry. But he said the dairy dynasty was determined to keep the family tradition of showing alive. ''It's a good opportunity to promote the dairy industry,'' Mr Geard said. ''Thousands of people go through that shed every day. Kids these days have got no comprehension where milk comes from, so they stop and we talk to them. It's the social side of things.'' Mr Geard said the family would continue to exhibit as long as they kept dairying.
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