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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
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.
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.
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.