Looking good after Ekka win
DESPITE his protests about not having scrubbed up enough for a photo, Warwick prime lamb producer Brett Shelley was happy to share details of his Ekka success.
But he wanted one point made clear: when he arrived in Brisbane to accept the prestigious award for the champion prime lamb competition, he was looking sharp.
The good-natured local took home the coveted champion and reserve champion trophies at the 2012 RNA on Thursday.
His winning entries were two 11-month-old Dorper cross lambs, which took out first and second place in the heavy weight class.
The grain-fed lambs topped the scales at 45kg and were a product of Shelley's local sheep operation.
It is the second year the Warwick producer has sent entries over the range and the second time he has enjoyed success.
He took out first place in the restaurant trade section at last year's Ekka prime lamb competition.
"This is the first time we've won a championship title and to take out reserve champion then too was pretty good," Mr Shelley said.
"So I guess you could say I am pretty happy with how things went."
He wasn't the only local to savour state-level success.
Well-known Sandy Creek prime lamb producer Warren Schelbach also placed in the Brisbane event, winning the restaurant trade section with quality Dorper cross lambs.
Yet he modestly confessed he wasn't making the trip down to the city to collect his ribbon.
Instead he reckoned he'd just ask Brett Shelley to pick it up for him and save himself the stress of negotiating the city traffic.