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.’’
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