Bunyara stud, Moculta, received a new Ag 200 motorbike as the winners of the WSB Distributors Clare and Yamaha Australia all purpose pen of two ram lambs class at the Elders SA Stud Merino Expo.
The hotly-contested class aims to showcase the dual-purpose qualities of SA Merinos with points awarded for both meat and fibre traits.
The 11-month-old rams, exhibited by Ian and Fiona Koch, were both sired by a ram from EP stud Karawatha Park.
The rams tipped the scales at 90 kilograms and 91kg and had great carcase shape, with eye muscle depths of 37 millimetres and 36mm and fat depths of 5mm and 3.5mm.
Their wool tests were 19.4 micron and 18.7M and both had comfort factors of 99.8 per cent.
Only a point separated the top two placings after the objective measurement section, before wool and meat judges Will Secker, Keith, and Kevin Crook, Ouyen, Vic, selected the winner.
“The top two groups were stand-outs for their growth and overall package,” Mr Secker said.
Mr Koch said it was a thrill to win after being among the placings previously.
“We are trying to produce early-maturing sheep so our clients can sell their wether lambs early and get good money for them,” he said.
“These sheep represent that with good growth and meat, but also good wool.”
Joe and Tracey Dahlitz, Roemahkita stud, Cummins, were the runner-up.