Northen Southland farm owners Bevan and Wendy Hopcroft were
''rapt'' to receive the Overall Award at the West Otago
Southland Ewe Hogget Competition.
The sheep farmers had entered twice previously, and always
won their breed category - Crossbred Flock - but never the
overall award, Mr Hopcroft said.
''It's a great thing to win and it's good to have some
positive things in the sheep industry - it makes us try a bit
harder on your young stock, and your young stock are the
Mr Hopcroft said the good summer conditions favoured their
stock, which meant the young stock were in a better
''We also try to improve the stock through genetics and I
have got a lot to thank for my ram breeder who has provided
us with a good Blackdale Stud.''
NZ Ewe Hogget Competition committee secretary Noel Hamilton
said 44 people entered the awards and 20 entrants were named
While competition organisers always hoped for more, it was a
good number of entrants, especially considering the number of
farms which had been converted to dairy, Mr Hamilton said.
Judges gave entrants points for flock performance, quality of
wool, breeding objectives, and genetics. The quality of the
entries were impressive, he said.
''The total points at the awards night for all 20 flocks of
sheep were all within two to three points.
''The overall winners were only one third of a point ahead of
The quality is as good as we have had.''
The breed winners for the West Otago Southland Ewe Hogget
Competition are: Romney: Robbie Selbie, Five Rivers.
Coopworth: Brian and Rochelle Falconer, Moa Flat Composite:
Peter and Carol Bee, Wyndham.
Perendale: Alan and Leanne Woodrow, Waikana.
Large Flock: Clayton and Janette Peters, Moa Flat. The
national Ewe Hogget Competition is held in conjunction with
the West Otago Southland competition. Central Otago finalists
for the national awards are: Brett and Natalie Burgess,
Owaka, composite; Cameron Nicolson, Oturehua, composite;
Simon Paterson, Ranfurly, fine wools; Mark Paterson,
The South Island finalists will be judged in early May. The
national awards night is Friday, May 30, in Queenstown.