Beaconsfield wins Longreach wether trial

Ilfracombe sheep shine in Longreach wether trial


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Casting their eye: Kiri Broad and Greg Hunt were among those helping skirt fleeces at the Longreach Show wether trial shearing. Photo supplied by Kiri Broad.

Casting their eye: Kiri Broad and Greg Hunt were among those helping skirt fleeces at the Longreach Show wether trial shearing. Photo supplied by Kiri Broad.

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Wethers from Beaconsfield, north of Ilfracombe, have won the Thomas family a number of prizes in the 2017 Longreach Show wether trial.

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Wethers from Beaconsfield, north of Ilfracombe, have won the Thomas family a number of prizes in the 2017 Longreach Show wether trial.

Competing in one of the few remaining wether trials in western Queensland, the 2013 intake team won the supreme team award with a combined fleece and carcase value of $784.81.

Beaconsfield’s 2014 team took out third prize in the supreme award with $755.47, behind the 2014 Goolma team valued at $771.78.

The two Beaconsfield teams took first and second in the carcase section, while the Counsell family at Lyndon, Barcaldine, had the highest wool value team, and two of its 2013 fleeces had the highest individual values, $105.61 and $79.36.

The highest valued single wether, worth $216.56, came from the older Beaconsfield wethers.

Wethers from Winton property Goolma, owned by Shane and Jodie Axford, weighed in at 78 and 74 kg respectively to take first and third prizes for the heaviest wether, split by an animal from Beaconsfield weighing 77kg.

Show president, Margie Webb, congratulated all for taking the time to be involved, saying the trial had the potential of providing relevant information that could turn a business around.

She added that steward Doug Allpass had managed the valuable competition seamlessly.

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