2019 Perth Royal Show | Prized Hithergreen ewe named supreme champion

Hithergreen farmer Alan Franklin and his supreme champion prized texel ewe.
Hithergreen farmer Alan Franklin and his supreme champion prized texel ewe.

Hithergreen farmer Alan Franklin walked away from the Perth Royal Show with a number of awards for his prize winning texel ewe including the coveted Supreme Champion Interbreed award.

Mr Franklin said his prize winning ewe was so well put together he thought she would do well at the show.

"She is just so even," he said.

"Most judges will do thirds of sheep, they look at a third in the shoulder, a third in the loin and a third in the hindquarter.

"She walks well and is tapered like a wedge with narrow shoulders and a big back end, which relates to ease of lambing.

"She is a proud looking sheep who just hit everyone's eyes.

"I knew about a month before the show that she would win in her class but there was no way on Earth that I thought she would go right through."

Mr Franklin started Alicia Texel Stud in 1995.

They supply semen, sell stud rams for breeding and have 12 years of breeding prize winning texels.

Mr Franklin said after years of investing in better livestock they had gotten to a stage where their livestock was up there with the best.

A win like this at the Perth Royal Show now has Victorian farmers interested in Mr Franklin's rams to get heavier muscling into their stock.

Texels were originally from Texel Island in the Netherlands and are well known for their heavy muscling, particularly their back ends, and lean meat.

"They are great for eating," he said.

"They have such a massive hindquarter and quite often you would get six to eight steaks off it.

"They are a lean meat too and don't carry any external fat just a bit of inter-muscular fat."