PETER and Mary Lynch are saying goodbye to the Heritage Bank Toowoomba Royal Show after 25 years, most of which have seen the sheep breeders take home the highest honours.
But it's the pursuit of superior Victorian and West Australian white dorper sheep that has seen the Spring Hill stud owners - the oldest white dorper stud in the state - send their stock south.
"We've had our stud since 2001 and we're just in negotiations with a white dorper stud in Victoria to partner with their stud.
"They're interested in the genetics that we've got, so we're sending them south."
Mrs Lynch said this year's show would be the last for a while but they hoped to exhibit at the Bendigo and Dubbo shows later in the year.
And there is little wonder why Spring Hill stock is in demand, with Mrs Lynch sharing a few of the secrets to the high quality sheep at the show.
"If you have to cull drastically to save the best of the flock, which is what we did and sold a lot of the commercials ewes, then you have to do it," she said.
"That gave us a chance to keep only our best quality.
"The other thing we look at is to make sure the stock's health is good and that they have been wormed.
"If the sheep is carrying a worm burden as well as reduced food nutrition, it's going to be a lot harder for them, especially ewes in lamb.
"And the other thing is the nutrition in the grass, because while there may be grass at the end of the summer, the thing is to check the nutrition levels in it."
Mrs Lynch said the stud, based in Chinchilla, had not been immune to the drought and the prolonged dry meant the Spring Hill stock halved during that time.
"We agisted 300 at Chinchilla and sold off half of those. Now we're sending 60 of our best ewes to Victoria to concentrate on the stud work."
Now, after a successful 25 years of showing at the Toowoomba Royal, the Lynch family is taking time off.
Their showing career began with their children competing in the equestrian arena before Mary and Peter started showing cattle.
Now they have downsized and show sheep.
"We refer to them as little cattle," Mrs Lynch said.
The couple will take 12 months off from the show circuit and work and travel throughout North Queensland in the interim.