Mouse Trap M20, a strapping 25-month-old Angus bull from Wildes Meadow in the Southern Highlands, was crowned the supreme champion beef exhibit of the Royal Canberra Show.
Mouse Trap, exhibited by Bronwyn and Chris Halliday, J. and C. Angus stud, now heads to the Sydney Royal Easter Show and the sale ring.
Because of rain the interbreed judging had to be done in the cramped space of the marquee normally used by spectators.
The judges, Dr Thomas Grupp, Germany, Ms Donna Robson, Flemington Limousin stud, Adelong, and Scott Myers, Myers Limousins, Moss Vale, had to squeeze around the champion animals and onlookers to inspect them.
Both the finalists in the bull and female interbreed competitions did one lap of the show ring in drizzling rain before returning to the marquee.
Ms Robson spoke on behalf of her fellow judges before the announcement of the supreme champion beef breed bull of the show, saying the commercial industry needed bulls that could walk, were structurally sound and had thickness in the carcase.
She said three bulls had stood out for her - the Murray Grey, Angus and Fleckvieh.
In the end Mouse Trap, the impressive 1084kg Angus bull exhibited by Bronwyn and Chris Halliday, J. and C. Angus stud, Wildes Meadow, caught the eye of the judging panel.
Ms Robson and Mr Myers put the Angus on top while Dr Grupp placed him second to the Fleckvieh.
Speaking before the announcement of the supreme champion beef breed female of the show, Scott Myers said all the finalists were “ticking the boxes”.
“This is a great line-up of females,” he said. He nominated the Angus, Charolais and Limousin champions as his pick.
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Tumut High School students capped off a memorable weekend in Canberra when their champion Charolais, RYCE Coralie 16, took the top female interbreed honour.
Coralie wasn’t on her best behavior and proved a handful for her young handler, Anna McGruer, but she got the job done.
But she couldn’t toppled Mouse Trap for the supreme beef champion of the show.