Ewe beauty of a competition

Daryna ZadvirnaCountryman
Newdegate farmer Bryce Sinclair.
Camera IconNewdegate farmer Bryce Sinclair. Credit: Cally Dupe

Newdegate farmer Bryce Sinclair says there is plenty to consider when it comes to the State Ewe Hogget Competition, especially with $1000 up for grabs.

As co-ordinator of this year’s competition, Mr Sinclair has been encouraging producers from across the district to bring 10 of their finest ewe hoggets to the Wednesday of Newdegate Machinery Field Days.

He said any farmer with a pure Merino flock could enter, with the pen of 10 being judged on wool type, build and potential profitability, and a lot could be gained from the competition.

“It’s a really good way for farmers to get an idea of how well their sheep are going or where other people are getting their genetics from,” he said. “It’s quite useful whether you want to improve your flock or compare it to others.”

This year, the prize pool is $1000 for first, $750 for second and $500 for third, with the funds generously provided by sponsors Dyson Jones, Westcoast Wools and Livestock, Elders and Stud Merino Breeders’ Association of WA.

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Mr Sinclair, who farms sheep and crops on his family’s 12,000ha operation just out of Newdegate, has been helping to organise the competition for seven years. “It’s great because you get to meet a fair few different people interested in the sheep industry,” he said.

He has also participated himself, having entered his ewes for almost 15 years. “I have never won, so I promise it’s not rigged — I can’t make myself win,” he said.

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