Events - Southdown Australia
Southdown Australia logo
Southdown Australia
Southdown Australia
Promoting and developing the Southdown sheep breed in Australia


Supreme exhibit royal Geelong Show 2014 bred by the Fairbank Stud Chris and Frank Badcock


Champion Ram C.Badcock and Reserve Champion Ram G.Hooper


Champion Ram C.Baadcock Reserve Champion Ram G.Hooper


Pairs of rams at the Royal Geelong Show


11-13th MAY 2012

Taking in the Studs of the North & South of Tasmania.


A group of 22 enthusiastic New Zealand Southdown breeders accompanied by their president Christina Jordan were welcomed to Australia on May 2 2011 at a dinner at the Mantra Hotel in Melbourne by the president of Southdown Australia Graeme Hooper.

The tour commenced the following day in Ballan where they visited two studs. The first stop being Romale owned by the Ireland family. Here they viewed a very impressive display of sheep, some of the sheep on display were part of the second year AI program using semen purchased from Holly Farm, Clifton Downs, Tasvic Downs and Willowhaugh studs in New Zealand. Some of these studs had representatives on the tour.

After morning tea and a brief history of the Romale stud by Ian Ireland they proceeded a short distance to the Fernhill stud. Here they were welcomed and given an overview of the stud by Graeme Dehnert.

An extensive range of quality sheep was on display with Southern Pastures being the predominant blood line. The visitors were treated to the pleasure of Nancy Baker who had a tremendous display of Southern Pastures memorabilia.

During the visit three ewes were selected from the flock by Graeme Sidey. There ewes were then appraised by John Macauley, then there was an open discussion on his placings by the tour group. A BBQ lunch was enjoyed by all before travelling to their overnight stop in Ballarat where they stayed at Sovereign Hill.

Wednesday morning they arrived at Andrew Sellars-Jones, Chandpara Stud, Tylden. Andrew displayed a large range of sheep from his AI breeding program using various sires which included many from New Zealand. Once again the New Zealanders were keen to evaluate some of the progeny on display. A ram lamb was selected and its characteristics were discussed openly amongst the group. After refreshments the tour group moved on to Tatura to meet Rob McCartney at his Yentrac stud.

Rob, his wife Lynne and brother Alan run the stud over two properties Tatura and Burrembeet. Rob presented a selection of mixed aged ewes, ewe and ram lambs and the stud sires to the tour group for their individual appraisal. Light refreshments were enjoyed by all before proceeding to Benalla for their overnight stay and an enjoyable dinner at the Commercial Hotel Benalla.

Rising early Thursday morning the group journeyed to Graeme Hooper’s Clear Hills stud at Goorambat. The stud principal spoke about the line of rams that he had on exhibit and the blood lines used. Multiple groups of ewes and rams were on display for viewing and comment by the New Zealanders over morning tea.

The final stage of the tour there were guests of the Department of Industry Rutherglen, where they were given an explanation of the sheep feed efficiency trials that have been conducted there. The DPI farewelled the group over lunch.

The tour has created many friendships and an understanding of the direction the breed has taken between the two countries.