National ewe hogget competition winners Kirstin and Simon
Engelbrecht, from Stoneburn. Photos supplied.
East Otago farmers Simon and Kirstin Engelbrecht have
taken top honours in the New Zealand ewe hogget competition.
Mr and Mrs Engelbrecht, who farm at Stoneburn, near
Palmerston, won the crossbred section and the flock
performance award, before winning the overall title.
The couple, who run 4600 stock units on their 611ha sheep and
beef property, were first-time entrants in the competition.
They were thrilled to have won the crossbred section, with
their Coopdale hoggets, and it came as a surprise when their
names were read out as overall winners during a function in
Queenstown, Mrs Engelbrecht said.
Originally from South Canterbury, the couple, who have four
children, moved south nine years ago.
Coopdales suited their climate and country and were ''great
mothers'' when it came to lambing time, she said.
A field day will be held on their property at a later date.
The section winners were. -
Dave and Lisa Anderson, Omarama (fine wool); Craig and Trish
Sinclair, Hastings (Romney); Simon and Kirstin Engelbrecht,
Stoneburn (crossbred); Mark and Nikki Giles, Hakataramea
Valley (Perendale); Peter and Carole Bee, Wyndham
The large flock award was won by Bart and Nuku Hadfield, from
Wairoa, and the flock evenness award by Kevin and James
Cromie, from Waimate.
The young achiever award was won by Kurt and Lisa Portas,
from Featherston, and an award for overall best quality wool,
went to Allan and Simon Paterson, from Gimmerburn.