Emily and Will Murray, of Glenmore Station, with their
award-winning fleece at the Otago Merino Association's
Merino Excellence Awards in Queenstown. Photo by Barbara
Will and Emily Murray, from Glenmore Station, have won
the Otago Merino Association's clip-of-the-year title.
Mr Murray, a fourth-generation farmer of the property on the
western side of Lake Tekapo, and his wife received the award
at the association's annual Merino Excellence Awards in
Queenstown on Friday night.
The Sutherland family's Ahuriri Downs, from Omarama, won the
commercial flock title. Bog Roy was runner-up. Glenmore won
the stud flock title and Middlehurst was runner-up.
The event was a ''fantastic celebration'' of the merino
industry, merino association chairman Richard Subtil, of
Omarama Station, said.
The clip-of-the-year awards attracted new entrants from as
far afield as Marlborough. About $4500 was raised for the
Child Cancer Foundation by an auction of various items at the
event, which was attended by 145 people.
FMG bought the winning fleece in the Child Cancer Foundation
fleece competition - entered by the Paterson family, from
Armidale, in Maniototo - for a further $2000, while the
proceeds of the 140 fleeces entered in that competition are
still to be added.
It was an emotional moment when Christina Perriam presented
the Heather Perriam Memorial Trophy, for services to the
merino industry, to Hugh Fraser, on behalf of his late
partner Ann Scanlan.
Ms Scanlan, who died earlier this month, was widely respected
in the industry. She was a former chairwoman of the Otago
Merino Association and a long-standing committee member.
Steve and Mary Satterthwaite from Muller Station,
Marlborough, won the Silere Alpine Origin merino supplier of
the year award
New Zealand Wool Testing Authority Clip of the Year.-Adult -
up to 16.5 micron: Horseshoe 1, The Rocks 2, The Bend 3.
16.5-17.3: Lindis Downs 1, Matarae 2, Craighurst
3.17.3-17.97: Ahuriri Downs 1, Benmore 2, Bog Roy 3.17.98-20:
Middlehurst 1, Glenmore 2, Armidale 3.
Hogget - up to 15.5 micron: The Bend 1, Matarae 2, Shirlmar
3.15.5-16: Lindis Downs 1, Matangi 2, Craighurst 3.16-17:
Benmore 1, Buscot 2, Twinburn 3.17-20: Armidale 1,
Middlehurst 2, Mt Nicholas 3.
Child Cancer fleece competition.-Superfine (16.9 micron and
finer): Merino Ridges (Bevan and Tiffany McKnight) 1, Cornaig
(Peter and Ian Hore) 2, The Gorge (Jock McNally) 3.
Fine (17 micron and over): Armidale (Simon, Sarah, Allan and
Eris Paterson) 1, Benmore (Andrew and Deidre, and Bill and
Kate Sutherland) 2, The Rocks (Andrew and Lynnore Templeton)