RETURNING from Queensland to the Sydney Charolais showring with a whopping heifer calf at foot, last year's grand champion female was a standout.
So much so, she took out the senior and grand award for the second year running, but this year added another accolade, best Charolais exhibit.
The red-factored Moongool Fanmail 8 with heifer calf at foot, Moongool Famail 10, exhibited by Ivan and Helen Price and family's Keddstock Pty Ltd, Moongool stud, Yuleba, is sired by the Palgrove Upturn son, Advance Dozer D107 (R/F) and from Moongool Warocal Fanmail 2 by Palgrove Upright.
Judge, David Smith of Palgrove Charolais, Ben Lomond, said Fanmail was a top quality type and a credit to the Charolais breed advancing from the female over 36 months class described by Mr Smith as a very tough class to judge with of six excellent matrons.
Mr Price said his grandfather, Iva Price, established the stud in the late 1970s, one of the early Charolais pioneers. This year Moongool paraded nine exhibits and the Prices run 1000 bull-breeding females and 2500 commercial breeders.
This year 50 head paraded split into 17 junior and nine senior females, plus 20 junior and 4 senior bulls, shown by studs from NSW, Qld and Western Australia.
Junior and grand champion bull, Caloona Park Nugget, a polled son of Caloona Park Kodiak and from Caloona Park Kailey was shown by the Franco family, Caloola Park stud, Cobbitty.
"I really like this bull," Mr Smith said. "He has one of the things I like in the Charolais breed, length of body and smooth from the front end. A moderately framed red factor bull with a good set of testicles and a great example of the Charolais breed."
Gavin and Kristie O'Brien, Winchester Charolais, Orange, exhibited junior champion female with Winchester Daisy Duke having won the 16-to-18 months class from six entries and then up against another five class-winners.
This heifer is the third daughter of Minnie-Vale Quist and a full-sister to two other Winchester females that have taken out Sydney Royal female junior championships.
"Another cow family that we've done really well with came from Rosedale stud's Honour family," Mr O'Brien said.
Moongool Extra-Special by Minnie-Vale Joker, was reserve junior after standing second in the 16-18 month class. Reserve senior champion female was Venturon Naughty But Nice, shown by Venturon Livestock, Boyup Brook, WA.
A lone entry from the Marrapodi family's Canturi Investments', St Antonio stud, Oberon, stood second to the junior champion bull in their 18-to-19 months class and was awarded reserve ribbon.
Senior champion bull was 20-to-24 months winner, Ash-Lyn Next Edition shown by Warner and Company, Ash-Lyn stud, Moore Creek, near Tamworth. Moongool Naplan was reserve.