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Best on show

TERRICK West Merino Stud has claimed a

major national title at the weekend’s Australian Sheep and Wool Show.

The McGauchies, of Prairie West, have brought home the ribbon for the nation’s best March-shorn pair for a brother and sister by the same ram.

“This has been our most successful ever Australian Sheep and Wool Show,” said Ross McGauchie of the local stud’s string of successes in Bendigo against studs from across Australia.

Terrick West was also awarded the champion and reserve champion in the March-shorn fine poll ram events, champion in the fine-medium poll ewe and reserve champion poll ram.

The major awards were topped off with a string of ribbons awarded in class events and being named most successful exhibitor of fine-medium wool merinos.

“There were a couple of other classes where judges had us ahead until the final minutes, swapping the finishing order,” Mr McGauchie said.

And in the national ram sales on Sunday, Terrick West was among the top breeders with “a deep bodied ram with a strong head wide body with a nice medium wool” selling for $16,000.

The stud averaged $9250 for its four rams in the auction conducted at Bendigo’s Prince of Wales Showgrounds and online.

Mr Gauchie said: “The quality at this show is exceptional and as breeders it’s the opportunity to show what we are doing.”

Mr McGauchie and daughter Claire prepared the stud’s show team of 12 sheep and were helped in the show ring by other family members. “For some, it was their first show.”

The weekend’s successes for Terrick West, entering its 90th year as a stud, follow last year top national prices at ram sales.

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