Tar­combe heifers win

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After nine days of judg­ing, the Royal Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety of Vic­to­ria Heifer Chal­lenge cham­pion for 2017 has been named, with fa­ther and son team Robert and Tim Hayes of Tar­combe Here­fords awarded the pres­ti­gious prize.

The first Here­ford stud to take home the ti­tle, the Ruffy prop­erty com­pris­ing 250 reg­is­tered cows was awarded a $3000 cash prize at the cel­e­bra­tory din­ner last Wed­nes­day.

Ex­pe­ri­enced cat­tle judge Alex McDon­ald trav­elled more than 7000 km to judge studs on 50 prop­er­ties across Vic­to­ria and south­ern NSW from Jan­uary 27 to Fe­bru­ary 4.

Mr McDon­ald is em­ployed by the Agri­cul­tural Busi­ness Re­search In­sti­tute and said he was im­pressed by the ex­cel­lent lineup of cat­tle this year for the Beef Week com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘In a year with such high qual­ity en­tries, to be the first Here­ford stud to take home the ti­tle of cham­pion in the six years of the RASV Heifer Chal­lenge is a tes­ta­ment to Tar­combe Here­fords,’’ he said.

RASV chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mark O’Sul­li­van said the Heifer Chal­lenge was an op­por­tu­nity for beef pro­duc­ers to show­case, mar­ket and de­velop their breed­ing op­er­a­tion.

‘‘Con­grat­u­la­tions to Tar­combe Here­fords on be­ing named cham­pion for 2017 from a high cal­i­bre list of en­tered prop­er­ties,’’ Mr O’Sul­li­van said.

‘‘The RASV Heifer Chal­lenge of­fers some of Aus­tralia’s best cat­tle studs the op­por­tu­nity to bench­mark their herd re­place­ment fe­males against a wide va­ri­ety of breeds and styles, with par­tic­i­pants re­quired to dis­play pens of 10 reg­is­tered heifers for judg­ing.’’

Murd­e­duke An­gus of Winchelsea was named re­serve cham­pion, re­ceiv­ing $1500.

Three of the 10 fi­nal­ists were also named in the 2016 top 10, in­clud­ing last year’s cham­pion, Boona­roo An­gus of Corn­dale.

Red and white suc­cess . . . Tar­combe Here­fords is the first Here­ford stud to win the Beef Week on-farm RASV Heifer Chal­lenge.

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