Barry Shalders’ Willow Drive South Suffolk stud at Grassmere was the only exhibitor in the South Suffolk category at this year’s Royal Melbourne Show, but it didn’t take away from the quality of the sheep he presented.
That was the comment of Tasmanian judge Chris Badcock in awarding Mr Shalders the ribbons for supreme champion, champion ram, reserve champion ram, champion ewe and reserve champion ewe.
Mr Badcock said all of Mr Shalders’ exhibits were very good structurally with good feet, mouths and legs and had good carcase attributes.
He said the supreme champion, a young ram, was well balanced and displayed maturity.
The ram weighed 97 kilograms, and had figures of seven millimetres of fat, a 40mm muscle depth and 83mm muscle width.