Trowbridge BBB, Kildara Glen take supreme

Orange Show champions a highlight


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Angus, Maine Anjou, Poll Dorsets and Border Leicesters dominate the cattle and beef sections of 2019 Orange Show.

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It may have been freezing conditions and almost snowing on Saturday at Orange Show, but that wasn't enough to deter a heap of livestock exhibitors from showing off some quality entries.

The beef cattle, sheep, wool and horses all had good entries, although slightly down on normal due to the icy conditions.

Beef cattle

The supreme beef exhibit came down to a contest between a classy polled Maine Anjou female, Wattle Grove Charlotte, with bull calf Wattle Grove Excelsiour Zeal, and a powerful Angus bull, Trowbridge BBB Complement.

Judge, Lester Job, Moombi Shorthorns, Cumnock, put the bull up for supreme because of the ability with which it handled its performance.

"You've got to admire the volume and structural correctness of the champion bull, who displays tremendous carcase attributes, strength of sire and mobility for an animal carrying its weight," Mr Job said.

The bull was by US sire EF Complement and from Vermont Rosebud B491, a top-breeding cow whose sons had averaged $14,000, said Chris Garvin of Trowbridge BBB stud, Orange.

At this year's Sydney Royal Show, the two-year-old weighed 1065 kilograms and scanned a 142 square centimetre eye muscle area.

Charlotte, meanwhile, was described by Mr Job as displaying excellent femininity, length of body desirable carcase traits "and her greatest strength was the calf that stood beside her ".

The calf, Excelsiour Zeal, by Rosewood boomer Wood, was also junior champion bull and would be exhibited at Melbourne Royal Show later this year.

Excelsiour Zeal, six months, had also been Junior champion bull at Royal Bathurst Show a week earlier.

Scott Costello, of Wattle Grove stud, said the cow was by a black and white Maine sire called Uandi French Zeal and she had been grand champion female at this year's Sydney Royal Show and at Bathurst Royal.

The junior champion female also went to a Maine entry, this time being Uandi LP Adelaide, an 11-month-old heifer exhibited by Lyn and Roger French, Orange.

The heifer, by Uandi LE Premier and from Uandi Za Adelaide, had also been junior champion female at Sydney Royal.

Mr Job described the heifer as a soft, easy doing and structurally correct female, and he said "you should admire the improvements the breed has made in recent years".

Australian Stock Horses

The champion working Australian Stock Horse was awarded to Lawsons Shadow, ridden by Meg Lenehan, Orange, with Glen Lee Rivoli Lynx in reserve, ridden by Jaci Norris, Orange.

Lynx also won champion Australian Stock Horse hack, with Arabella Park Dad's Gift, ridden by Sarah Malcolm, Bathurst, in reserve.

Meat sheep

In the sheep, a well-fleshed Poll Dorset ram from the Kildara Glen stud at Millah Murrah, near Bathurst, took out champion meat sheep ram and then supreme exhibit.

It had to beat a quality Border Leicester ewe which had won champion meat sheep ewe from the Talkook stud, also of Bathurst, for supreme of show.

The ram was a milk-tooth entry sired by one of the stud's own rams, Kildara Glen 16006and Orange was just its second show.

The stud sheep judging was done by brothers Nathaniel and Brad Honeysett, Honeyoaks stud, Gulgong.

Nathaniel said the ram was true to type with great muscling, including through the loin and hindquarter, while being very smooth, while the Border Leicester ewe was very feminine, great on her feet and, again, true to type.

His brother said it was this excellent muscling and topline that got the ram supreme over the ewe.

The ewe, Talkook 0007, was exhibited by the Andersons, Talkook stud, Crookwell, and bred from a homebred sire and dam.

This was the Anderson's first time as exhibitors at Orange Show, having entered sheep to see if they might meet some new potential buyers, given it was also a strong first-cross ewe area.

They also exhibited the champion Border Leicester ram, Talkook 171, by a Mount Beckom ram and from a Talkook ewe.

The ram, a milk tooth, had also been champion interbreed ram at Bathurst the previous week and the ram and ewe were both part of the Talkook stud's winning interbreed group of one ram and two ewes.

The champion Poll Dorset ewe went to an entry from Jenny Gilbertson, Montray stud, Rockley Mount near Bathurst. Her milk-tooth exhibit was by a Tattykeel sire, and she also won best Poll Dorset group of one ram and two ewes.

Kildara Glen also exhibited the champion Australian White ram and ewe. The ram, from the over one year and under two class, was by Kildara Glen 16008, and the ewe, a milk tooth, was by the same sire.

The champion White Suffolk ram was from Neil William's Ashburnia stud, Four Mile Creek near Orange. The milk-tooth entry was by Ashburnia 22/17.

Prime Lambs

Champion individual prime lamb went to a Dorset Horn/first-cross lamb bred by first-time entrant Terry Ostini, Mullion Creek, and was from the second-placed pen in the middle weight (42-48kg) category.

All up, there were 72 lambs entered, which was down from the usual 100 or so, as a lot of producers had already sold their lambs due to the season.

Ray McKay, Clergate, got the champion pen of the show with his first-placed pen of heavyweights (48kg and over). These were White Suffolk/first-cross, and a pen of his with the same breeding also won first-placed middleweight pen.

Mr Ostini exhibited the first-placed pen of lightweight lambs (42kg and under).

Wool

The champion Merino fleece was exhibited by Ken Williams, Four Mile Creek near Orange. It was shorn from a Merryville-blood Poll Merino wether, six tooth, which cut 6.4kg skirted.

The Williams' flock averages about 17.8 micron and with the drought, currently run about 1200 Merinos.

The champion crossbred fleece was awarded to an entry by Arthur Culverson and his son Matthew, from Clergate, for an entry from one of their Dunield-blood Border Leicester ewes, Dunield stud being at Trangie.

The Culversons also got a first place in the medium wool fleece section with a Haddon Rig-blood ewe fleece.

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