Ewe beauty - Scots PGC takes honours at Ekka
WHEN it comes to glory it does not get much grander than winning practically every single broad ribbon for the breed at the state's biggest competition, the Royal Queensland Show.
In a serious case of domination, The Scots PGC College took a team of just 11 sheep to this year's Brisbane Ekka and won the champion and reserve champion Texel ram, champion and reserve champion Texel ewe and champion Texel breeders' group in the school division.
The college's champion ewe then went on to be awarded the 2013 grand champion school ewe.
College spokeswoman Judi Haidley said the lengthy list of wins made this the college's most successful Ekka.
From there the accolades kept coming, with the Warwick college sharing the title of the most successful school at the 2013 RNA Show with Rochedale State High.
"This year, for the first time in many years, the RNA also held an open competition for stud meat sheep, attracting entries from Suffolk, Texel, Southdown, Poll Dorset, Dorset Horn, Dorper and White Dorper breeders," Ms Haidley said.
"The college students provided a fitting service for Pittsworth Texel breeders, Peter and Pene Hood from Plainview stud."
The three sheep from Plainview Texel Stud also excelled, taking out the supreme champion breeders' group of the show, as well as the Texel champion ribbons in both the ram and ewe classes.
Supreme champion ram and ewe were contested by the broad ribbon winners from each breed within the open classes, together with the grand champions from the school division.
In both cases, it was the school teams which came out on top, giving a clear indication of the importance students place on their agricultural programs, as well as the Ekka competition.
If the list of wins was already not impressive enough, the Scots PGC team's standout ewe was also named supreme champion ewe of show, from more than 100 ewe entries across seven breeds.
Described by the judge as "an outstanding carcass ewe, showing excellent condition despite being just a few weeks from lambing", the four-tooth ewe bred at the college is at the pinnacle of a breeding program commenced in 2000 and which now comprises a flock of around 50 head.
Local students also excelled on the state stage in the young judging and junior parader competitions.
Each of these competitions attracts more than 100 entries, and the eight students from Scots PGC were well represented in the finals.
The standout local students were Juliette Cronin, who won the overall champion junior parader competition, and Kate-Elizabeth Worth, who placed second in the under-15 section of young judges.