The West Coast now has not one but two champions by the name of Chalmers.
Joe and Tracey Dahlitz’s Roemahkita Poll Merino Stud, Cummins, continued its winning streak with their ram Roemahkita 160018 Chalmers at the Royal Adelaide Show following winning champion all purpose merino ram at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo, Victoria, in July.
Chalmers won the fine wool ram, under one-and-a-half years, with no more than two teeth class, champion fine wool march shorn poll merino ram, and grand champion March-shorn poll merino ram.
Mr Dahlitz said the ram had definitely improved since competing at Bendigo.
“I reckon he was just blooming with a little more staple length and just continued to improve and grow.”
He said the judge was impressed by the ram’s make and shape and growth, conformation, bone, purity, long staple soft wool and white wool with plenty of it – with the 126.5-kilogram ram scoring 81.5 points out of 100.
“He was an all round package and was hard to fault.”
Chalmers had a chance to meet Olympic swimming champion Kyle Chalmers – a family friend of the Dahlitz family and the ram’s namesake – while at the show.
“Kyle was 18 when he won his gold medal and Chalmers’ tag number was 18, and they’re both Australian champions,” Mr Dahlitz said.
The ram will return to the Eyre Peninsula after selling for $20,000 to Yanta Poll Merino Stud and Brenton Stratford of Tumby Bay.