RASV hits the road with heifer chal­lenge

Shepparton News - Country News - - BEEF WEEK 2018 -

The Royal Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety of Vic­to­ria Heifer Chal­lenge will travel through­out Vic­to­ria and into NSW dur­ing Beef Week.

The heifer chal­lenge will be run dur­ing nine days from Mon­day, Jan­uary 29 to Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 6.

As one of the pro­grams RASV con­ducts through­out the year to high­light qual­ity pro­duc­tion in agri­food and fi­bre, the heifer chal­lenge recog­nises ex­cel­lence in herd re­place­ment fe­males in seed stock op­er­a­tion.

This year, RASV wel­comes Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria Bet­ter Beef co-or­di­na­tor and ex­pe­ri­enced breed­ing and se­lec­tion con­sul­tant Mal­colm Cock as heifer chal­lenge judge.

A long-time en­trant of Beef Week and the RASV Heifer Chal­lenge, Mr Cock has shown cat­tle for about 30 years, in­clud­ing at the Royal Mel­bourne Show, tak­ing home the pres­ti­gious Borth­wick Tro­phy three times.

He has also judged breed­ing cat­tle and steers at royal shows and nu­mer­ous re­gional and lo­cal shows, car­case com­pe­ti­tions and ju­nior han­dlers in Vic­to­ria and in­ter­state.

‘‘My favourite area of the in­dus­try is fe­male se­lec­tion, as it takes a great cow to pro­duce a great bull that pro­duces great cows,’’ Mr Cock said.

‘‘I am ex­cited to see the qual­ity of studs en­tered in this year’s heifer chal­lenge and look for­ward to find­ing and re­ward­ing the best of the best.’’

The com­pe­ti­tion cul­mi­nates in the RASV Heifer Chal­lenge Cel­e­bra­tory Din­ner on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 8 at Silks in Bendigo, with the cham­pion pre­sented a $3000 cash prize and the re­serve cham­pion awarded $1500.

With close to 50 en­tries, the com­pe­ti­tion of­fers some of Aus­tralia’s best beef cat­tle studs the op­por­tu­nity to bench­mark their herd re­place­ment fe­males against a wide va­ri­ety of breeds and styles.

An­i­mals are judged on a num­ber of cri­te­ria in­clud­ing breed char­ac­ter­is­tics, ma­ter­nal po­ten­tial, uni­for­mity, tem­per­a­ment, over­all pre­sen­ta­tion and phys­i­cal cor­rect­ness. ➤ For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the RASV Heifer Chal­lenge, visit: rasv.com.au or beefweek.com.au

Josh McRae and some of his fam­ily’s Da­jory Mur­ray Grey stud, which will be in­volved in Beef Week.

The McRae fam­ily chose Mur­ray Greys be­cause of their tem­per­a­ment and ease of han­dling.

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