Ewe beauty

By Southern Riverina News

The Finley High School show team was again blessed with outstanding success at the annual Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo last week.

Four Year 9 students - Archie Mason, Ben Bauer, Sophie Griffiths and Riley Klienschmidt - along with their agriculture teacher Gary Webb attended the event from July 18 to 21.

Mr Webb said not only was he ecstatic about their results, he was proud of the students who represented the school with 10 sheep.

‘‘Finley High had our best ever results for the show. It was an amazing set of results that we are extremely proud of,’’ he said.

‘‘Each of our entries won a ribbon and I am stoked with the quality of our ewes which were outstanding. A lot of people took notice of how good they were.

‘‘The students were outstanding ambassadors for Finley High and earned a lot for respect from other breeders in the shed because of their demeanour and handling ability of the sheep. Well done to those four students.’’

On the Saturday, Finley High showed in the Poll Dorset section in the first three novice classes and had some great results.

‘‘We won two of those three and were then awarded the CEVA Novice Aggregate Trophy for a third year in a row.’’

They continued their success in the open classes with one first ribbon, one second, two thirds and one fourth with Mr Webb saying he was again ‘‘ecstatic with our results.’’

‘‘In the Ewe under 1 shorn class in the Poll Dorsets, there were 14 sheep and we won third and fourth. Those two came out of the novice class and did exceptionally well.

‘‘We also did really well in the Pair of Ewes under 1. We were second place in that class.

‘‘We also did quite well in the Ewe Lamb Class which we weren’t really expecting. Again it was a large class but we received first place and third.

‘‘It is the second year in a row that we have won that class.’’

They finished the show with success on Sunday with the school’s interbred classes. Every school competing had the opportunity to compete against other schools.

‘‘In the ewe class, our ewe won first place,’’ Mr Webb said.

‘‘The judge commented that he felt this ewe was of such quality that a few years ago, she could have won any open class in the country, she is that good and a clear winner.

‘‘We also entered in the Pair of Sheep. We entered a pair of ewes and won first prize.

‘‘The judge later said it was an easy decision for both our pair and ewe and that these sheep are an outstanding representative of the breed.

‘‘I am very proud of the quality of our sheep and proud of how our students conducted themselves representing the school,’’ he said.