By Tim Cronshaw - The Press - Read the original article here
Supreme champs take another bow.
It was a ditto day yesterday for the main winners of the top meat and wool sheep competitions in the sheep ring at the Canterbury A&P Show.
Waikari breeders Jim and Ramona Sidey won the all-breeds supreme champion wool animal title last year and repeated the effort yesterday.
They will be saying farewell soon to their latest supreme champion wool sheep, a 2-year-old ram sold to Uruguay owners for an undisclosed sum.
Jim Sidey said he had to separate sheep breeding from sentimentality and the offer made was too good to refuse.
“He and the reserve champion are off to Uruguay. We still have sons by him and semen from him, but it is a bit of a loss. It’s the most I have ever had and a pretty good price for a corriedale.”
The ram, bred from bloodlines in the Strathblane Corriedale Stud, was also the champion corriedale ram, supreme champion corriedale and in the corriedale section was awarded the best sires fleece and ram with best head.
Another 4-year-old Sidey ram was the reserve champion and, with the 2-year-old, won the champion of champion wool-breeding pair for the first time for the Sideys.
The Sidey family’s corriedales have won the top trophy five times.
Sidey said the young ram was an “exceptional animal” with an outstanding open-faced head and highly rated in the top line, loin and headquarters.
“You have to keep the emotion out of it, which isn’t easy because we were going to bring him to the show again next year.”
The Sideys also have links to a corriedale ram from Uruguay sold to a Brazilian woman, attending the show yesterday, for US$50,000 (NZ$60,341) as they had bred its grandfather at their fifth generation stud.
The other defending champion celebrating again was Christina Jordan, from Willowhaugh Stud in Blenheim, who won the all-breeds supreme meat champion title with her top southdown ram, Bill of Clifton Downs. The ram sired the winner of the best carcass sheep award and the trio won the all breeds food and fibre trifecta.
As last year’s champion Bill, now 3, met Prince Charles and Camilla in the penultimate livestock competition, as did a Sidey ram.
Jordan said Bill and two of his sons were the breeding mainstay of the Willowhaugh stud.
“He’s anatomically sound and a well-muscled sheep and easy going as well as being good natured. His progeny have taken on his muscularity and temperament.”
Jordan bought Bill from Waimate breeder Chris Medlicott for $8500 in 2012 at the Canterbury ram and ewe sale.
She said his first crop of rams would go on the market soon as commercial and stud sires.