Junee High School’s sheep stud, the Junee Run has come into its own, with students Bradley Heard (left) and Bradley Johnson (right) and teacher Paul Anderson selling Temora’s Jeff Sutton (second from right) two Border Leicester ewes at the Holbrook Meat and Wool Show. Picture: Junee High SchoolTHERE are sheep studs around the district that have existed for longer, but the Junee Run, a stud based at Junee High School, is proving it can mix it with the best.
The Junee Run -built from a number of donated sheep -hit a significant milestone, selling two of its ewes at the Holbrook Sheep and Wool Fair.
Aside from the commercial gain, the school also brought home plenty of ribbons.
In the inter-breed all schools competition Junee placed second while it collected three thirds and two seconds in the Border Leicester breed competition.
The stud also won the “best presented” school ribbon.
The success will ensure the stud continues to gain recognition from other sheep producers outside the district, with Victorian grazier Andrew Farley donating and selling some Suffolk meat sheep to the school.
The Suffolk sheep stud will be a side venture to Junee Run’s Border Leicester operation and will allow students to experiment with genetics in a practical environment.
Agricultural teacher Paul Anderson said developing the stud’s commercial side would be not only a chance for students to learn, but also help ensure the stud’s sustainability.
“To compete at show level you need to be able to feed your sheep consistently,” he said.
“The biggest stumbling block is during summer when we take the biggest hit on growth for age.
“We’ve got fantastic wool, bone structure and carcass qualities.”
Mr Anderson said being able to add to “growth for age” meant the school could compete using younger sheep.
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