Agricultural History Series
Missouri State University
1904 St. Louis World's Fair
The Dorset had become increasingly popular and by 1904 there was an abundance of American breeders. The show of Dorset sheep at the St. Louis World's Fair was the best display ever shown in the United States up to that time. Although the home-bred sheep were wonderful animals they lacked the scale and bone of the imported ones.
Mr. J. C. Duncan of Lewiston, NY was the Dorset judge. The Dorsets had been so wonderfully prepared that this proved to be quite a challenge. Although there were many tough decisions, the exhibitors felt that the judge made fair choices.
"A study in Dorset character"
The first prize winners were:
Aged Rams: Tranquility 1116, sire Tranquility; R. Stuyvesant.
Senior Yearling Rams: Merson's Vest Yearling; J. A. McGillivray.
Junior Yearling Rams: Tranquility 1248, sire Tranquility 973; R. Stuyvesant.
Senior Ram Lambs: Hambro's Best Ramb Lamb; J. A. McGillvray.
Junior Ram Lambs: Bonnie Boy, sire Case's Best; R. H. Harding.
Aged Ewes: Dumna Glass 802, sire Harding's 114; J. A. McGillvray.
Senior Yearling Ewes: Hambros's Pet; J. A. McGillvray.
Junior Yearling Ewes: McGillivray's 848, sire Tranquility; J. A. McGillvray.
Senior Ewe Lambs: Attrill's Best, sire Court No. 1; R. H. Harding.
Junior Ewe Lambs: Tranquility 1326, sire Tran.; R. Stuyvesant.
"Judging of a Dorset group"
Championships and Groups:
Senior Champion Ram: J. A. Mcgillray on Merson's Best Yearling; reserve, R. Stuyvesant.
Junior Champion Ram: McGillivray on Hambro's Best Ram Lamb; reserve R. H. Harding.
Grand champion Ram: McGillivray on Merson's Best Yearling.
Senior Champion Ewe: McGilivray on Hambro's Pet; reserve to same.
Junior Champion Ewe: Harding on Attrill's Best; reserve, Stuyvestant.
Grand Champion Ewe: McGillivray on Hambro's Pet.
Get of Sire: R. Stuyvestant.
Produce of Ewe: Stuyvestant.
Senior Flock: McGillivray.
Junior Flock: McGillivray.
References: The Breeder’s Gazette, October 12, 1904; American Sheep Breeder.
Photos from Breeder’s Gazette.
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