Chief Steward for prime sheep and lamb John Waltisbuhl was overwhelmed with the support for the Prime Lamb section this year.
Chief Steward for prime sheep and lamb John Waltisbuhl was overwhelmed with the support for the Prime Lamb section this year.

Record number of lambs for show

SOUTHERN Downs lambs must be in prime form after the record-breaking nominations for this year’s Warwick Show.

Chief steward John Waltisbuhl was surprised to see 41 entries in the pens of the three prime lambs class, and 36 in the single lamb class.

“It’s the best we have had for some years,” said Mr Waltisbuhl, who has 26 years of experience.

“I was very pleased. I didn’t expect so many because lamb prices are good; a few must have kept some especially for the show.”

Although the prime lamb section has seen record numbers, the sheep are down this year with only eight sheep nominated for this Friday afternoon.

There was a big clean-up job recently after the pens were damaged by vandals at the time of the Warwick Rodeo, and Mr Waltisbuhl was thankful for the support of Shelleys Industries who made a donation.

“People made a bit of a mess but we have got it all back together and ready to go. It won’t stop us,” he said.

Mr Waltisbuhl will be a busy man this Friday, however he is excited to see the form of the sheep and lambs which have improved each year.

“With more shows and listening to the judges the exhibiters are getting a lot better each year,” he said.

Stud sheep are also up in numbers, and chief steward Pat Flynn welcomed panels donated by GC Welding which gave the showing area a revamp.

There will be a change to the normal program with the young judges and paraders taking the field on Friday afternoon this year followed by the young judges in the sheep section.



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