Countryman - - IGA PERTH ROYAL SHOW - Bob Gar­nant

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.

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