Prime Lamb competition at Tenterfield Show 2017

Steve Alford conducted the prime lambs auction.

Steve Alford conducted the prime lambs auction.

While prime lamb judge Joe Browne acknowledged the quality of the prime lamb on display at the Tenterfield Show, as a buyer of lamb for the domestic butcher trade he was concerned at the size of the animals on offer.

“They’re too big for the butcher trade,” he said.

“The cuts they end up in are too big and too expensive.

He said such export market-sized animals have a place, but that breeders should not be ignoring the domestic market.

“Producers will have to have a look at getting back to trade-weight lambs,” he said, although he conceded the attraction in producing heavier animals considering the high per-kilo prices being secured in current markets.

Champion prime lamb held by exhibitor was won by Don (on right) and Sandie Iedeme, with reserve champion won by the Tenterfield High School team represented by Bronte Sharpe. Judge Joe Browne is in the centre.

Champion prime lamb held by exhibitor was won by Don (on right) and Sandie Iedeme, with reserve champion won by the Tenterfield High School team represented by Bronte Sharpe. Judge Joe Browne is in the centre.

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