Falkiners celebrate a second prestigious Elders win.CASS SAVELLIS August 19, 2014 3:40am
FS Falkiner operations manager Justin Campbell with the 2014 Ram of the Year and Elders representatives Errol Horneman, Jason Andrews, Jim Bruce and Malcolm Hunt.
FS Falkiner and Sons has retained the Elders Riverina Ram of the Year title, with Boonoke producing the best this year.
Poll Boonoke 3.0028 succeeds Wanganella 19 as the top ram in the region.
There was strong competition for title at the sixth annual Elders Riverina Sheep Expo on Friday.
The event attracted almost 40 sheep studs to vie for the prize at Deniliquin’s Peppin Heritage Centre.
In an emotional win, One Oak Stud at Jerilderie claimed the other top title of the day – Riverina Ewe of the Year.
It was a great way to retire for stud owner Graham Wells, who announced to the Pastoral Times it would be his last Deniliquin expo.
The expo is not just a celebration of great breeders, it’s also a way to celebrate the sheep and wool industry as a whole.
Elders general manager Malcolm Hunt opened the official proceedings at the Peppin Heritage Centre, talking about array of wool history housed in the centre and how it complemented the event.
The PHC has been home to the expo for two years and was also home to the expo’s predecessor, the Riverina Merino Field Days, in the 1980s.
The Elders Riverina Sheep Expo was formed as a replacement when the field day event folded.
Mr Hunt also talked to the crowd about Elders returning to its roots, with a focus purely on agriculture after dappling in others industries such as forestry.
The popular Wonders of Wool fashion show was a hit once again, displaying vintage pieces from famed designers as well as talented local designers Jo Nathan, Jane Frazer and Mary Allitt.
Woolpacks designs from Yarram’s Rhonda Moy caught the eye of spectators for their creativity and execution.
The Deniliquin Bush Poets also entertained crowds with the reciting of Australian poems.
Errol Horneman of Elders Deniliquin said there was a ‘‘constant crowd all day’’.
He said feedback from studs and patrons has been positive.
‘‘We reckon it was abuzz, it was a good day,’’ he said.
‘‘Those that attended were very happy with it all.
‘‘The only complaint is that we didn’t have a date locked down for next year so studs could book a place.’’
Hafizullah Mohaqiq was born in Afghanistan, spent periods living in Pakistan and Iran, before arriving in Shepparton two months ago.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The Fairley Leadership Program met in Tatura on Wednesday, exploring ‘Water and our catchment’ at Goulburn Murray Water.
Road authorities have made little progress to fixing Echuca’s most dangerous intersections.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Deniliquin bowler Dennis O'Keefe lost 25-19 in his bid for a quarter-final spot in the Victorian Singles Championships this week.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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