FLEECES at the Poverty Bay A&P Show wool room this year were as good as any in the country, says judge and retired wool expert Graham Roddick from Hawke’s Bay.
It was third-time-lucky for Mr Roddick who has tried to get here to judge the Gisborne wool for the past three years.
In 2010 he couldn’t get through because of flooding, then last year he ended up in hospital at Show time. He was delighted to make it this year.
“It is always a pleasure to come and judge good wool,” he said.
The fleeces were well-grown.
“Possibly stronger and longer than previous years because the sheep have had such a good growing season.”
Some of the top fleeces have been sent to the Hawke’s Bay Show this weekend.
Wool room head steward Ross Buscke, who has been in charge for the last 41 years, said he had plenty of good feedback about the wool room this year.
“People said it was the best ever.
“I told them it’s a bit like good wine or whisky — it just gets better with age.”
Results: Ram Breeders: Piritahi 97.5, 1; G. and R. Tombleson 96.5, 2; Makaretu 95, 3.
Fine Hogget: Aerial 96.5, 1; G. and R. Tombleson 96, 2; Te Matai, 95.5, 3.
Medium Hogget: G. and R. Tombleson 99.5, 1; G. and R. Tombleson 98.5, 2; Aerial 98, 3.
Strong Hogget: Monte Farm and Forestry 98.5, 1; Piritaha, 97.5, 2; Makaretu 97, 3.
Merino Hogget: S.R. and L. Buscke 98.5 1; J Mantien 84, 2.
Mature Merino: S.R and L. Buscke 91.5, 1; 89,2; 88.5, 3.
Mature Shears: Whiti Whiti 99.5, 1; Piritaha 99.3, 2; Te Wera 99.1, 3.
Hogget Shears: Piritaha 99.5, 1; Whiti Whiti 99, 2; St Leger 98.5,3.
Champion Shears: Whiti Whiti Station
Reserve Champion: Piritaha Partnership.
Black and Coloured Sheep
Hogget fleece: Archie Bayley 520/04 1, Bex Jex-Blake 02, 2; Kay Twigley 03, 3.
Hogget fleece strong: H. and E. Harte 1, 2 3.
Mature strong: H. and E. Harte 1.
Champion Black and coloured Fleece: H. and E. Harte.
Reserve champion: H. and E. Harte.
Special 2012 Awards
Commercial Fleece, Ewe or Wether S.R. and L. Buscke.
Commercial Fleece Hogget classes: S. R. and L. Buscke.
Most points from entries: S.R. and L. Buscke.
Champion and Reserve Champion Fine wool Fleece 24 microns and finer: S.R. and L. Buscke
Champion Cross-bred Fleece 25 microns and stronger: G. and R. Tombleson.
Reserve Champion Cross-bred Fleece: Waikura Station.
Grand Champion Fleece: Waikura Station:
Reserve to Grand champion Fleece: Aerial Station.
Supreme Champion Fleece (T.S. White Memorial Shield): G. and R. Tombleson.