First-time entrants triumph in contest

National ewe hogget competition winners Kirstin and Simon Engelbrecht, from Stoneburn. Photos supplied.
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 (composite).

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.