15 Aug 2013

Top ram producers recognised

1:06 pm on 15 August 2013

New Zealand's top ram producers were toasted on Wednesday night at the Sheep Industry Awards in Invercargill.

About 300 farmers and industry people attended the awards run by Beef + Lamb.

George and Kathryn Smith from Tamlet stud, near Wyndham, won the Alliance Group Terminal Sire gold award.

They run 300 recorded Texel ewes, 500 recorded Coopworth and 500 Romney ewes.

The Blackdale Sheep Industry Supplier of the Year Award went to Hugh and Judy Akers of Broadlands Station, who supply ANZCO.

Edward Dinger a sheep farmer from Cambridge, received the Telford Gold Dual Purpose Overall Award for genetic performance for reproduction, lamb growth, adult size and wool.

He has farmed the Mid-North Coopworth Company Stud since 1983 and runs 300 performance recorded ewes and wants to breed sheep suitable for warmer climates in New Zealand.

They have been selected for facial eczema tolerance since 1984.