A farm manager has struck twice in the West Otago sheep competitions recently. Shaun Bradley won the Country-Wide West Otago two-tooth and the local ewe hogget competition to be overall winner. Bradley manages Kowhai Downs farm for Nelson and Fiona Hancock. He is running 5000 Romney ewes on 500ha. One of the three two-tooth judges Kyle Burnett said the winning sheep were well-bodied and looked well-fed.

The animal health looked up-to-date. Bradley won $500 in the two-tooth competition and goes on to the regional finals of the hogget competition. Second in the two-tooth competition was Cory Roulston with Romneys and third, Sam Barton, crossbreds. Bradley entered in 2019 and came third, but did not enter last year due to ill-health. The competitions were cancelled in 2020 due to Covid-19. A full report on the competition and an onfarm profile with Shaun Bradley will follow in the June issue.