Bil­l­abong awarded top gongs

Countryman - - NEWS - Bob Gar­nant

The Cabassi fam­ily, of Bil­l­abong Dex­ter stud, once again proved their Dex­ter cat­tle have what it takes to be awarded most points in the cat­tle sec­tion at the IGA Perth Royal Show.

The Cabassis’ choice of cat­tle are known to have the abil­ity to pro­duce more milk per body­weight than any other breed of beef cat­tle, so it was no won­der judge Nicole Nicholls gave the bull and fe­male in­ter­breed awards to the Dex­ters.

Ear­lier in the breed com­pe­ti­tion and up against two other studs, Bil­l­abong Kinky, a 49month-old cow with bull calf-at-foot, sired by Bil­l­abong Edge, had the lovely ud­der and car­ried body depth and ca­pac­ity that earned it the supreme award.

Then con­tin­u­ing its run to the top dur­ing the Spe­cialty Breed­ers In­ter­breed Com­pe­ti­tion, with en­tries from Dex­ters, Minia­ture Here­fords and High­land cat­tle, Kinky was judged best of in­ter­breed fe­males.

The Cabassis were also awarded with the in­ter­breed cham­pion bull sash with their en­try Bil­l­abong Mu­fasa, a 25-month-old bull sired by Bil­l­abong Edge.

Thrilled with the stud’s show suc­cess, Bil­l­abong co-prin­ci­pal Tr­ish Cabassi said the awards had backed up her breed­ing ob­jec­tives.

The stud re­cently ac­quired new se­men sire Sil­ver Maple Ferl Cer­tus from the United States, se­cur­ing full Aus­tralian rights in part­ner­ship with Up­per Swan-based Glen­war­lock stud.

“With this sire, which has been pro­duc­ing con­sis­tent qual­ity prog­eny and hav­ing a pedi­gree back to UK sire Bre­och Sul­tan, we have ar­ti­fi­cially in­sem­i­nated the ma­jor­ity of our stud cows,” Ms Cabassi said.

Pic­ture: Bob Gar­nant

Left: With the supreme fe­male, with calf at foot, Bil­l­abong Kinky and cham­pion bull Bil­l­abong Mu­fasa are Alex and Tr­ish Cabassi, of Bil­l­abong, and han­dler Kelly Man­ning.

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