Friday 10 August 2012
David and Helen Lieschke base their Otto Suffolks stud at Walla Walla and brought eight sheep, including the ewe sashed supreme Suffolk exhibit at Hamilton, about 650km to compete in the feature breed classes.
This year the Lieschkes showed sheep at Bendigo's Australian Sheep and Wool Show, the Sydney Royal Easter Show and the Royal Canberra Show.
Mr Leischke said the awarded 12-month-old ewe was carrying twins and weighed 98kg for the sale.
The ewe scanned with an eye muscle depth of 42mm with 9mm of fat.
Mr Lieschke said Suffolk sheep had been owned by the family since 2000, but they began showing only in 2009. New Zealand semen had been used to continue to breed sheep with good length and muscling.
"I just love her really big ears and she is well muscled too."
The grand champion Suffolk ram was shown by Andrew and Deb Krieg from the Aylesbury Farm stud from Karoonda in South Australia's Mallee.
Mr Krieg said the June 2011-drop ram was champion Suffolk and British Breeds ram at the recent Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo.
"So he hasn't been beaten yet, except by the ewe today."
The Suffolk classes attracted 110 entries this year from studs in Victoria, NSW and South Australia.
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