Tarcombe heifers win
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.