Sheep, goats of the highest standard at Allora Show
SOUTHERN Downs sheep and goat exhibitors have been commended for the high quality of their exhibits at the Allora Show on the weekend.
Competitors travelled from across southern Queensland and northern New South Wales for the show.
Sheep judge Terry Rubie of Trimac Poll Dorsets was full of compliments for his exhibits.
"The overall quality of the sheep was exceptionally good," he said.
"The schools here have also done really well.
"It's encouraging to see such top quality sheep at such a small show."
While the season has been friendly to the region's producers, Mr Rubie said the quality was more of a reflection of breeding.
"A lot of it's in the breeding," he said.
"Sure it's been a good season, but this quality comes down to presentation and breeding - a good combination of lines."
There were plenty of Southern Downs breeders in the winners' circle.
Scots PGC College and Warwick State High School sheep showing teams had a number of wins, including champion and reserve champion texel ewe and texel breeders groups.
Josh Milton and Anne Hall from Hendon took out the major award of the show with a white suffolk ewe.
The pair said they were very pleased with the win, and their supreme breeders group of the show win as well.
Mr Rubie said the winning white suffolk breeder were of the highest quality and would win anywhere in the country.
Inglewood sheep breeder Lyndon Frey had a win with his rare dorset horn sheep.
As the only Queensland breeder of the sheep and one of only a handful in Australia, Mr Frey has a real passion for the unique breed.
"The dorset horns have very good carcass quality and fat covering as well," he said.
The dorset horn sheep are famous for their curly horns, and although they're not a big sheep, they're certainly strong.
"They're an old English breeder imported in 1908," Mr Frey said.
"They're one of the breeds responsible for a lot of the popular breeds today such as poll dorsets, dorpers and white suffolk."
Over in the angora goat section, judges Jim Barnes and Emma Thompson had their work cut out for them.
Miss Thompson was full of praise for her winners during the judging of champion doe.
She described her winner, owned by long-time breeder Noel Boyce, as the "cream of the crop".
"She's second to none - there's no faulting her," she said.
"My reserve didn't quite have the fleece of Noel's doe.
"She's just a real tremendous little goat."
Miss Thompson also praised the young competitors and high school teams, including Oakey State High School who won reserve champion doe.
"It's spectacular to see two high schools up there in the running for champion," she said.