HALLSTON Valley Farm brought home two reserve champion ribbons and an interbreed ribbon from the Royal Melbourne Show with their Wiltshire Horn sheep.
In their first Royal Melbourne Show appearance, this relatively new showing team scored second on aggregate points and won significant prize money and sponsorship prizes.
Hallston Valley Farm owners Jill Noble and husband Gary Tie only took up farming four years ago and run 80 breeding ewes in their flock of 200.
A decade of planning and research has paid off for the couple who have also enjoyed success at Lardner Park’s Farm World and the prestigious Australian Sheep and Wool Show at Bendigo.
They settled on the Wiltshire Horn breed for its suitability to South Gippsland conditions.
Jill said the British breed was easy to care for in terms of shearing and shedding requirements, and offered excellent meat qualities.
“They work really well in the South Gippsland environment,” Jill said.
“They’re fabulous in the wet, they eat blackberries, they eat ragwort.”
Hallston Valley Farm’s animals are popular with lifestyle farmers and newcomers to the industry due to their after-sales service which includes vaccinating, drenching and marking lambs.