A sheep farmer from Wyndham and another from Glenure have come out on top in their respective breed sections in the Merial Ancare West Otago Southland Ewe Hogget Competition.
George McEwan, of Wyndham, won the crossbreed section of the competition and Fraser Allan, of Glenure, topped the Romney section.
The winners of the ewe hogget competition were announced at a dinner at the Gore RSA on Thursday last week.
Committee member Noel Hamilton said it had been one of the hardest years for judges.
“The top ones were very close,” Mr Hamilton said.
Judges Hamish McKay, Bevan Hopcroft and Brian Howden examined almost 7000 sheep.
On Wednesday and Thursday last week, they travelled throughout West Otago and Southland to judge the finalists.
Twelve of the farms competing had never entered before or had not entered in a long time, Mr Hamilton said.
“We are always on the look-out for new farms.”
The winners of each breed section will go on to compete in nationals.
“I’m looking forward to nationals,” Mr Hamilton said.
He was hoping a Southland farm would do well in the national competition.
“I always like to think Southland has the best sheep in New Zealand,” Mr Hamilton said.
“It does depend on the season they had up north.”
F and K Allan, Glenure, 1; Jeff Farm, Kaiwera, 2; A Lawson, Waituna, 3; M Peters, Moa Flat, 4.
Coopworth: K McCallum, Lochiel, 1.
Crossbred: G McEwan, Wyndham, 1; G and E Gardyne, Chatton, 2; R Redditt, Tapanui, 3; M and G Evans, Athol, 4.
Composite: M and B Power, Ettrick, 1; B and T Roughan, Mandeville, 2; T and N Wylie, Hokonui, 3; Fairlight Station, 4; P and J Howe, Glenham, 5.
Perendale: M McElrea, Edivale, 1; A and L Woodrow, Waikana, 2; S and B Williams, Clinton, 3; S and K Slee, Mararoa, 4.
Winner of the large flock (over 2000): F and K Slee, Mararoa.
Best flock overall: Kevin McCallum, Lochiel.