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Shorthorns were the fea­ture cat­tle breed at the Royal Ho­bart Show, where a stud run by two young sis­ters took the big gong. Karolin Mac­Gre­gor re­ports

Tasmanian Country - - FRONT PAGE - KAROLIN MAC­GRE­GOR

EARLY morn­ings and clean­ing out the stalls are all part of the fun for young cat­tle-show­ing en­thu­si­ast Harry Worker.

The 11-year-old is one of a num­ber of young peo­ple who were put­ting their skills to the test in the ring at the Royal Ho­bart Show in the ju­nior cat­tle-han­dler com­pe­ti­tion.

Harry, who lives with his fam­ily on their prop­erty at Pater­so­nia in the state’s North, started show­ing cat­tle about 12 months ago.

Now he has his sights firmly set on es­tab­lish­ing his own stud.

“That’s what I’d re­ally like,” he said.

“I didn’t know much about cat­tle when I first started. It’s a good ex­pe­ri­ence though and it can be easy to do.”

Harry teamed up with Mur­ray Grey heifer Gre­tel in the han­dler classes.

The heifer is owned by Re­bekah Henri and Richard Goss, who run the Fire-Ro Park stud at Ex­eter.

“I’ll get up at 6am and clean out the stalls,” Harry said of the prepa­ra­tions.

“Then I’ll give her a wash and blow-dry her and then get my­self ready.”

Com­pet­ing at Ho­bart meant Harry and Gre­tel could earn them­selves a spot in the state ju­nior han­dler cham­pi­onships this sea­son.

A SHORTHORN heifer won in a raf­fle was crowned supreme beef ex­hibit at this year’s Royal Ho­bart Show.

The now three-year-old cow Mar­ing­ton Ruby Amor was won by Sarah Rayner at the Shorthorn youth camp in NSW.

Last week the cow, which was shown with her three­month-old calf at foot, was sashed cham­pion in­ter­breed se­nior fe­male be­fore tak­ing out the supreme ti­tle.

The cow earned high praise from the in­ter­breed judges, lo­cal Da­mon Englund, Ross Can­ning from Vic­to­ria and Jake Phillips from South Aus­tralia.

“This cow has a lot of fem­i­nin­ity, she’s got great neck ex­ten­sion and look at that calf she’s pro­duc­ing,” Mr Can­ning said. “She’s got a near per­fect ud­der as well, which is some­thing we fo­cus on a lot more now.”

Mr Phillips said the cow was struc­turally hard to fault.

“Once she gets on the move she’s just a pic­ture to watch,” he said.

The cow is now part of the Kid­man Downs Shorthorn stud, which Sarah runs with her sis­ter Chelsea.

The pair’s Kid­man Downs Sim­men­tal stud also had great suc­cess in Ho­bart.

The sis­ters’ bull Kid­man Down Nug won the cham­pion in­ter­breed ju­nior bull award and the cham­pion of cham­pi­ons bull award.

The bull, who weighs 612kg, beat a strong class of ju­nior bulls to take home the ti­tle.

“He’s a very good young bull, very strong across the topline and show­ing a lot of muscling down through that thigh and hindquar­ter,” Mr Can­ning said.

With an av­er­age weight gain of 1.41kg per day, the bull also has recorded im­pres­sive growth for age.

The sis­ters run their studs at Sh­effield and have 15 Sim­men­tals and about eight Shorthorns. They started breed­ing Sim­men­tals stud five years ago and the Shorthorns three years ago.

Chelsea said they were ab­so­lutely thrilled with the show results.

“This is the first time we’ve done well with both breeds,” she said.

“It feels like it’s taken a lot of work to get here, but to be able to win in­ter­breeds like this af­ter such a short time breed­ing, es­pe­cially the Shorthorns is fan­tas­tic.”

In the se­nior in­ter­breed bull class it four-year-old Mur­ray Grey Glen Field Khe Sanh took home the broad rib­bon.

Owned by Re­bekah Henri and Richard Goss from the Fire-Ro-Park Stud, the bull weighs in at 878kg.

“The bull with the best feet and the abil­ity to lay down mus­cle is the Mur­ray Grey,” Mr Phillips said.

He said the bull had ex­cep­tion­ally good feet.

“If you wanted to breed mod­er­ate cat­tle, with plenty of muscling that can walk out well and are free-mov­ing, this is the bull.”

The cou­ple run the stud at Ex­eter and have about 30 reg­is­tered cat­tle.

Ms Henri said they have also had suc­cess sell­ing their bulls in the last cou­ple of years.

The cham­pion in­ter­breed ju­nior fe­male was a tough one to judge, with the Loane fam­ily’s Dun­roan Shorthorn stud even­tu­ally vic­to­ri­ous.

The win­ning heifer was 14month-old Dun­roan Patch­work.

The stud has had a great sea­son so far, with ma­jor in­ter­breed awards at Burnie and Launce­s­ton shows.

The in­ter­breed sheep classes were judged by Nick Pagett from NSW.

In the ewe sec­tion a South­down from the Bad­cock fam­ily’s Fairbank stud proved the one to beat.

The ewe, which also won the supreme in­ter­breed award at the Royal Launce­s­ton Show, added an­other swag of broad rib­bons to her col­lec­tion.

“When you look at her she has a lot of muscling, but she’s still very fem­i­nine and she re­ally just an ex­cep­tional sheep,” Mr Pagett said.

“She would stand up at any Royal in Aus­tralia and she’ll win all her life.”

The Bad­cock fam­ily have a

long his­tory with the South­down breed and started their stud back in 1922.

First-timers Si­mone and Bob Bur­rows got off to the best pos­si­ble start when their Dor­per ram took home the cham­pion in­ter­breed ram award.

“He’s very struc­turally cor- rect and has a heap of muscling and mas­culin­ity traits we’d ex­pect in the Dor­per breed,” Mr Pagett said.

The cou­ple, who run Mount Dromedary Dor­pers, were ab­so­lutely thrilled with the re­sult and said they had been bit­ten with the show­ing bug.

“We’ve learnt a lot be­cause we’ve never shown be­fore, but we’ll def­i­nitely keep go­ing with it now,” Mr Bur­rows said.

The cou­ple chose Dor­pers be­cause they wanted a low­main­te­nance breed and now have about 40 reg­is­tered sheep in the stud.

Ben­largo Wind­brook Ding from the Geard fam­ily’s Green Glory Hol­stein stud at Broad­marsh won in­ter­breed cham­pion dairy cow.

Hol­stein judge Cameron Thomp­son said the cow was a great ex­am­ple of a qual­ity dairy cow with a great ud­der.

Pic­ture: MATHEW FAR­RELL

KEEN: Harry Worker with Mur­ray Grey heifer Gre­tel at the Royal Ho­bart Show.

SAY HELLO: Molly North, 12, Madi Lamb, 13 and Lilly Young, 11, g, 11, got up close with a Hol­stein from Da­tum­vale Hold­ings at the Royal Ho­bart Show.

WIN: Supreme beef ex­hibit Mar­ing­ton Ruby Amor with owner Sarah Rayner and her calf with Beau Wood­i­wiss.

OUT­STAND­ING: Cham­pion in­ter­breed se­nior bull Glen Field Khe Sanh with owner Re­bekah Henri.

STRONG: Cham­pion in­ter­breed ju­nior bull Kid­man Downs Nug with han­dler Jor­don Burr and owner Chelsea Rayner.

GREAT GIRL: Cham­pion ju­nior in­ter­breed fe­male Dun­roan Patch­work with han­dler Billy Chat­ter­ton.

Pic­ture: RICHARD JUPE

BEST OF THE BOYS: Cham­pion in­ter­breed ram from the Mount Dromedary Dor­per stud with judge Nick Pagett and owner Si­mone Bur­row.

QUAL­ITY: Cham­pion in­ter­breed ewe from the Fairbank South­down stud with judge Nick Pagett, Char­lotte Bad­cock and the ewe’s owner Chris Bad­cock.

TOP PER­FORMER: Cham­pion in­ter­breed dairy cow Ben­largo Wind­brook Ding with han­dler El­iza Howlett.

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