When it comes to parading stud cattle in the city, the IGA Perth Royal Show attracts the highest numbers of bovines with origins back to many foreign lands and shows a variety of true-to-breed coat colours.
During the various interbreed cattle competitions, Show visitors were able to compare the different breeds as the judges explained why they made their decisions on which cattle would be their champions.
In the Breeders Group of Three Interbreeds Competition, judge Trent Johnstone said the Charolais breed, which originated in France, was very strong in performance and structure, with plenty of softness and capacity.
Liberty Charolais stud, in Toodyay, won all three group interbreed competitions, giving the Yost family, of Liberty, a leg up in the early running for overall points.
The Charolais breed made up the largest numbers exhibited at the Show, but it was the Dexter breed that came up trumps, winning most points in the cattle section. The Cabassi family of Billabong Dexter stud, Oldbury, won the Specialty Breeds Interbreed competition’s top ribbon with their junior bull, Billabong Mufasa.
Judge Gavin O’Brien said the 14-month-old bull had the structure, muscle and appropriate fat to win over Billabong Kinky, a three-year-old milkoozing Dexter cow with heifer calf at foot.
Other breeds that vied for top honours during the SBI were Miniature Hereford and Highland cattle.
What is considered the main event, the RAS Interbreed Competition, had four individual stud winners exhibiting bulls and females in both junior and senior classes.
This year’s top ribbon winners were split between two Charolais studs and two English breed studs.
The junior bull stud exhibitor, Liberty Charolais, which competed against nine other breeds, was the unanimous winner for its entry, Liberty
With the interbreed senior female, Little Meadows Emu Farm, are judges Michael O'Sullivan, Sean Kallady, Trent Johnstone and Gavin O'Brien, Landmark agents Michael Rose and Darren Chatley, Little Meadows Angus stud co-principals Trinity Edwards and Karen Golding, of Dardanup.