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Meegan and Jacob McCarten, “Nargoon” Rankins Springs, preparing their Merino ewes for crutching.In the 21st year of theLake Cargelligo Maiden Merino competition, eight entries attracted more than50 spectators as they followed judges Peter L’Estrange, Belswick Merino stud, Condobolin, and Geoff Peters, Ballatherie Poll Merino stud, Hillston, arounddistrict properties.
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Committee president, Bill Worland, said the competition was a success.

“We have seen a big improvement in the Merino industry in our district since we started,” he said.

“Merino ewes were mostly joined to terminal sires to get a prime lamb, but with this competition, we have been able to focus on the profitability of Merino flocks.”

Reflecting on the competition’s success,Mr Worland said there werea lot of passionate Merino breeders around Lake Cargelligo.

This year’s winning flock wasentered by Peter and Meegan McCarten, “Nargoon”, Rankins Springs.

Backing up from last year, the Wanganella-blood flock classed by Michael Elmes, Narrandera, was considered by the judges to be very well grown, with a great length of body and carrying heavy cutting fleeces of bright wool.

In second place was the flock entered by Justin and Natalie McCarten,Erigolia, whose Poll One Oak-blood ewes were considered by the judges to be“heavy cutting ewes with good body size with length,deep barrel and good structure”.

Classed by Michael Elmes, their flock averaged 7.8 kilograms from two shearings, the first at 10 months oldand the second six months later, 21.2 micron and yielding 62 per cent.

The maiden ewes had a lambing average of 110pc.

Third place was awarded to the flock of Poll One Oak-blood ewes bred by Alan and Jennifer Ireland, Tullibigeal, in partnership with daughters Tara and Meegan and son-in-law Brad McKenzie.

Cutting 4.8kg at six months of age, the wool grown by the maiden ewes classed by Michael Elmes measured 21.7 micron and yielded70.9pc.

The judges commented on the excellent size of the ewes, with good wool definition over a very even mob.

Bill Worland,Worland Family Trust, Lake Cargelligo, won the encouragement award for his flock of Poll One Oak-blood ewes classed by Michael Elmes.

With a fleece weight of 7.9kg and measuring 20.3 microns, the ewes were considered by judge Peter L’Estrange to be the most improved since he last judged the competition.

The most profitable flock award was presented to Rosemary, Tim and Renae Rossiter, Youngara Partnership, Lake Cargelligo, for their Haddon Rig-blood flock classed by Andy Mcleod and Paul Kelly.

Using a standard calculation, it was estimated their flock would return a gross margin of $224/head for wool cut and lambs.

Their lambing percentage of 116pc lifted the flock’s returns.

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