Victory by name and victory by na­ture

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE -

RAGLAN Victory was an apt name for the In­ter­breed Cham­pion Bull at the Land­mark Stud Cat­tle Cham­pi­onship.

The brah­man bull, owned by An­drew and Rox­anne Olive, of Raglan Sta­tion, came out on top of more than 30 breeds at Beef Australia 2015.

The Olive fam­ily has bred brah­mans for more than 50 years and now run about 2000 head of both stud and com­mer­cial cat­tle on their 12,000ha prop­erty at Raglan.

They have been at ev­ery Beef Australia, and this is their third In­ter­breed Cham­pion win, also tak­ing home the pres­ti­gious ti­tle in

THE CHAMP: In­ter­breed Cham­pion Bull was the brah­man Raglan Victory. 1991 and 2000.

An­drew said it was al­ways ex­cit­ing to come away with a beef cham­pion.

“It helps us to com­pare our­selves with all the other breeds and within the rest of the beef pop­u­la­tion,” he said. “It al­lows us to keep up with tech­nol­ogy… tech­nol­ogy is mov­ing so fast now.

“It also al­lows us to keep up with the ge­net­ics ev­ery three years, be­cause the whole world is com­ing here.”

The Olives sell bulls all across Australia.

In three weeks they will head to a bull sale at Kather­ine in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory, and hope this lat­est win will help im­prove their prices.

The In­ter­breed Cham­pion Fe­male was a Charo­lais ex­hib­ited by GlenWal­dron and Kim Groner, from Elite Charo­lais in Me­an­darra, called Crathes Estella 32.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED/TONI SOMES

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