TANNYMOREL'S Glenn Muller is modest proof you don't need to be a major player in the sheep sector to top-score at the Stanthorpe Show.
The Southern Downs local won the champion pen of lambs, as well as the champion single lamb, on Friday with a pen of Dorper lambs weighing in at an average 50.5kg.
It's a praiseworthy achievement for the smaller producer who, with young sons Cody and Mitchell, has been a regular on the local show scene for the past two years.
The Mullers run sheep and cattle on their 40ha property at Tannymorel, and this year defeated seasoned prime lamb producer Graham Greenup, from Maryland Partnership, for the major broad ribbon in Stanthorpe.
But Mr Greenup was more than happy to take home the reserve champion pen of prime lambs with 46kg poll dorset cross lambs aged four-and-a-half months.
"I really like seeing new competitors entering the show," he explained.
"It's good for the show and good for the industry, and the Mullers entered a really even pen of lambs, so it was well done."
Show steward Jim Mitchell was also pleased with the quality of entries this year, although he said a tough spring and summer had taken their toll on local producers.
"It hasn't been the best season in terms of paddock feed but, despite that, the lamb entries this year were very good," he said.
"The champion pen of prime lambs was beautifully finished and meets the specifications of the breed, so they were just what prime show lambs should look like.
"And it's great to see a young producer getting involved in our show for the first time, and it's just what we want."
He said entries were down slightly on last year, a reflection of a dry summer.
"It's been dry too long. Producers have either sold their lambs as stores or bushed them," Mr Mitchell explained.
"Economically it's a challenge if you have to start feeding."
It is sentiment backed by long-time show supporter Mr Greenup.
"We got some reasonable rain early, and there was a green pick but we just haven't had the follow-up so it's been hard going for stock," he said.
"Our stock water is holding okay at the moment and we aren't feeding too many ewes.
"The lambs we brought into the show were straight off their mothers and in good condition but, for the most part, we weaned earlier this year because of the season.
"So, considering the dry conditions and the heat we have had, the prime lamb entries were good quality."
- Champion pen of prime lambs: G and E Muller.
- Reserve champion pen of prime lambs: Greenup Maryland Partnership.
- Champion single lamb: G and E Muller.
- Three prime lambs 43kg and under: 1 Greenup Maryland Partnership; 2 Alan Forrest; 3 Jim and Del Mitchell.
- Three prime lambs 43-48kg: 1 Greenup Maryland Partnership; 2 G and E Muller; 3 B, P and K Hiscock.
- Three prime lambs over 48kgs: 1 G and E Muller; 2 Greenup Maryland Partnership.
- Prime lambs by Dorset rams: 1 Greenup Maryland Partnership; 2 J and D Mitchell.
- Three shorn lambs: 1 R Thorne; 2 J and D Mitchell.
- Three prime lambs by Dorper rams: 1 Greenup Maryland Partnership; 2 D and S Newton; 3 A Forrest.