Hood family wins champion pen of prime lambs

Hood family wins champion pen of prime lambs at Toowoomba Royal Show


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Peter and William Hood with their champion pen of lambs and prime lambs with judge Peter Sealy (back).

Peter and William Hood with their champion pen of lambs and prime lambs with judge Peter Sealy (back).

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Peter Hood, Plainview, has taken out the top honours in the Toowoomba Royal Show's prime lambs section.

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Peter Hood, Plainview, Pittsworth, has taken out the top honours in the Toowoomba Royal Show's prime lambs section, receiving the Alex McPhie Memorial Cup, along with the champion pen of lambs, reserve champion pen of lambs and reserve champion single lamb. 

The three lambs in the champion pen were entered in the export lambs category and weighed between 55 to 56kg.

They were bred from a purebred ram from the Plainview Texel Stud, out of commercial first-cross Border Leicester/Merino ewes. 

Mr Hood said the lambs had luckily survived a weekend wild dog attack to make it to the show. 

"There were other classes where I couldn't get three together to enter because they'd been bitten," he said. 

Mr Hood, a regular at the Toowoomba Royal Show, said he had been showing lambs since the late 1970s .

"It's the best way of advertising the stud," he said. 

The lambs sold for $218 a head to Toni's Super Meats at the auction which followed the judging. 

Mr Hood said the buyers at the auction were incredibly important to the success of the prime lambs section. 

"If we didn't have successful auctions, we wouldn't really have an event," he said. 

Alexander McWilliams, grandson of Alex McPhie, presented Mr Hood with the memorial cup, noting that there was a long association between the McPhies and the Hoods. 

"I am thrilled to be able to be here presenting this trophy to Peter Hood," he said. 

Scott Mengel, Rhyre Holdings, won the prize for champion single lamb, pictured with  judge Peter Sealy (back).

Scott Mengel, Rhyre Holdings, won the prize for champion single lamb, pictured with judge Peter Sealy (back).

Meanwhile Scott Mengel of Rhyre Holdings, Oakey, took home the prize for champion single lamb, which went on to fetch $220 at the auction from Payne's Meats.  

"That's better than market value," he said. 

"He was just a well-shaped lamb, but I wasn't expecting the result." 

Peter Sealy, Elders Wool and Sheep, was the prime lambs judge and said the quality of the competition this year was high. 

"I thought they were exceptionally even and nice and firm over the ribs," he said. 

In respect to Mr Hood's champion pen, Mr Sealy said they were "beautiful and soft, firm over the ribs and stood up well". 

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