Travel report judging Uruguay

Judging Report from South America
by Jim Sidey, Strathblane, Waikari – honoured to be invited to judge in South America in September.

The following is his trip report.

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Champion ram at Prado – 2014. Judge Jim Sidey on left.

 

To The Corriedale Council & Breeders.

On the 6th of September I arrived in Uruguay and was picked up at the airport by Dr Luis Carrau Gallinal, who was a true gentleman. Luis took me to the Hotel and then we went to visit Alberto & Isabell Gallinal, eldest son of Dr Alberto Gallinal Heber from San Pedro.I have had their son Chino to stay for two weeks and he also had two nights with Doc & Jan Sidey (Glenovis). Monday was spent judging the non-pedigree Corriedale ewes and rams. Tuesday was the main judging whichwas a great thrill to be involved with. Refugio got champion ewe; a well-balanced ewe with a good fleece and a good set of twin lambs. Grand Champion Ram went to Monzon Chico (SantiSaienz) which was the best sheep at the show by 20%. A really well balanced ram with an outstanding head and an excellent carcass; great bone and a good, heavycutting Fleece, as well as San Pedro for the best sire’s Head.

IMG_2024Wednesday Luis took me to San Pedro which was anawesome experience seeing such a brilliant place. I stayed at Alberto Gallinal’s farm next door and was looked after like a king. The next day we looked around their farm & Luis’ which was great. That night we headed off to La Carolina. I stayed at Mazo Paysse’s house. There to meet me was his family, including Pablo Paysee who I judged with at Prado. A great family and I was very well looked after – fantastic people and an experience I’ll never forget.The next day I looked at sheep at La Carolina and had ahuge BBQ lunch followed by dinner at Pablo and Allie’s house with the odd wine! We were joined by Peio Saienz. Next move was back to Mazo’s house for the night and after saying goodbyes I was off at 5.30 amto Hilberto Saienz for lunch – once I finally got Peio up. It was great to meet all their family and stay at Mrs Saienz’s house – a great family and a lot of fun.

The next day was off to Luis & Gabriele Carrau’s place at Punta de Lesta. It was a highlight to see such an amazing city – the population is 40,000 people over winter and 500,000 people in the summer with thebeach being the main attraction. There are a lot from Brazil and Argentina. Wish I was 30. Luis and Gabriele were amazing hosts and made my trip really enjoyable, dropping me at the airport the next day to fly home and see Ramona and the girls who did a great job looking after the farm while I was away. It was a wonderful trip. Thank you to Greg and the Corriedale Society for donating the ribbons which were greatly appreciated by the winners at Prado Show.  Jim Sidey

 

Full article here at NZSheep.co.nz (PDF)