Billabong awarded top gongs
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.
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.