Hogget competition finalists named
For the first time in its 20-year history, the North Island outnumbers South Island finalists in the 2016 New Zealand Ewe Hogget Competition, which will be decided in Invercargill at the end of this month.
The competition to find the best ewe hoggets in the country attracts between 250 and 300 entries each year, which was reduced to 24 semi-finalists after the preliminary rounds in each region.
This year six of the eleven finalists are from the North Island and five are from the South Island.
Competition convener William Mitchell, of Wyndham, said the standard of competition this year was exceptional right across the board.
The three judges, Preston Hope (Outram), Blair Robertson (West Otago) and Adrian Arnold (Hastings) travelled 4000 kilometres over four days in the North Island and four days in the South Island visiting all 24 semi-finalists.
From those visits they have named 11 finalists in six sheep breed categories. They are:
Perendale: Allan and Leann Woodrow (Waikana) and Willie Menlove (Lumsden).
Romney: John and Helen McFadzean (Masterton) and Craig Tomlinson (Waipara).
Crossbred: Vern Cotter (Te Puke) and Peter Bennett (Gisborne).
Composite: Allen Coster (Tauranga) and David Bullmore (Balfour).
Coopworth: Tom and Richard Whitford (Port Waikato) and Ross and Ruth Richards (Taumarunui).
Fine wool: Simon Paterson (Ranfurly).
Sponsors for the competition this year are Merial Ancare, Alliance Group, Ballance Agrinutrients, Trutest Group, Beef + Lamb NZ, Wrightson Livestock, NZ Farmer and Agricom.
The section winners and overall winner will be announced at the New Zealand Ewe Hogget Competition awards dinner at the Ascot Park Hotel in Invercargill on Monday, May 30.
Tickets are available through the New Zealand Sheepbreeders' Association website http://www.nzsheep.co.nz