Coleridge Downs Headwaters 2 tooths take supreme award
Few A+P shows draw sheep from as wide a range of land types as the Malvern A+P Show, from the high country along the Craigieburn Range to irrigated flats around Hororata and Darfield.
The 2017 Show was a chance for Coleridge Downs’ Headwaters 2 tooths to strut their stuff amidst such varied company, and they won the supreme award.
Coleridge Downs Stock Manager Alastair McNaughton said this is the third time Coleridge Downs has entered, and their best result.
“It’s only the local show but it’s good to line the 2 tooths up against a wide range of different sheep types. We probably should do this at a national level because I think they would do pretty well, “ Alastair says.
“I can’t really fault the Headwaters for production – the country here can be pretty tough on sheep and they just keep thriving.”
The bottom averaged 63kg, the average 68 kg and the best at 72 kg, which were the weights they went to the ram.
As hoggets they achieved 82% lambing to the ram, and the in-lamb hoggets achieved 105% to tailing. More than 30 percent of the hoggets’ lambs were gone off their mothers at weaning, at an average of 40kg.
Coleridge Downs runs a total of 40,000 sheep, beef and deer stock units run with neighbouring properties Big Ben and Dry Acheron on the north side of the Rakaia Gorge. Annavale in nearby Springfield is used as a finishing block.