SUNSHINE beamed down on the judging ring at the 57th annual Herefords Australia Dubbo Poll Hereford National judged outside the big shed for the first time in close to 20 years when 97 bulls paraded for judge, David Smith, livestock manager, Palgrove Charolais, Ben Lomond, on Monday, June 4.
Lachdale stud’s single-entry debut re-wrote the fixture’s record book when studmaster, Lachie Scurr, Texas, Queensland, paraded Lachdale Mindblower M003 (P), to take out junior and grand champion awards.
The 21-month-old son of Kidman Outlook F54 (P) from Lachdale Matchless E01,a daughter of Mr Scurr’s foundation stud female, Tahlan Matchless B32, weighed 974 kilograms and displayed a 134 square centimetre eye muscle area (EMA) when earlier awarded junior championship after winning one of four junior classes totalling 35 bulls.
Mr Smith said he felt the grand champion would do the industry a great lot of good as a stud sire.
“I’m really pleased with this young bull. He’s only a September calf weighing 970-plus kilos and that’s about all the performance you probably need in your cattle today,” he said.
“He’s got that little bit of X factor about him with that natural thickness and structural soundness. A big strong head and I admire his thickness which I have been looking for all day and this guy’s got it in spades.
“You couldn’t ask for a much better animal of any breed.”
Intermediate section broad ribbon winners were a “daily-double” for Ben and Leanne Rumbel, Supple stud, Ben Lomond, who paraded Supple Mally M077 to gain championship and Supple Meteor M171 the reserve.
Mally had won the oldest of four classes of 32 bulls while Meteor had won the first of this section.
Supple Mally M077, a son of Morganvale Educator is from the Bowen Blenhiem B198 sired Lindendale Dinah 16 and was rising 24 months weighing 914kg with an EMA of 130 sqcm.
Mr Smith said Mally carried himself well and was very structurally sound.
“I love the length on him and the way he gets about, he’s got style and is a worthy champion,” he said.
Reserve intermediate, Supple Meteor M171, is another son of Morganvale Educator but from Supple Melissa 4 by Tycolah Humdinger.
Senior champion award went to Rayleigh Magnum M009, the first broad ribbon winner at Dubbo in 18 years of exhibiting for Jeff and Robyn Holcombe and family, Rayleigh stud, Burren Junction.
Magnum, a son of The Ranch Marksman H14 and from the Yavenvale Benchmark B278 sired Rayleigh I Bella G93, won the oldest of four senior classes of 29 bulls and weighed 988kg a day off 25 months of age carrying a 132sqcm EMA.
Mr Smith commented the senior champion had “nice soft skin, nice legs and really good bone”.
“This bull has all the attributes I’ve been looking for and talking about today. He’s sound, has plenty of thickness with good depth of body and a bit of heart rib on him.”
Reserve junior, JTR Patrick M05 by Tycolah Lynwood H184 and from Kidman Shamrock E254, shown by Tim and Jemma Reid, Roslyn, weighed 922kg when rising 22 months.
This bull impressed the judge who said: “I love the doing ability and the muscle pattern, he’s structurally sound and is a very good Hereford bull”.
Reserve senior ribbon went to Gundongs Marksman M03, by Days Robin Hood J183 and from Gundongs Tilly J10 by Tycolah Havoc shown by Glen Pugh and family, Gundongs stud, Tomingley.
The judge liked the muscle pattern. “He carries it very well and has natural structural correctness”.
The prestigious President’s Shield group of three was won by Supple stud with Rayleigh stud second and Allendale stud of the Day family, Bordertown, South Australia, third.
Performance Index classes
Two performance classes were earlier judged by Tim Bayliss, livestock manager, Ray White, Dorrigo, who placed Ravensdale Westward M035 champion of the EU Index class, exhibited by Brian and Jenny Burgess, Ravensdale stud, Holbrook.
Minlacowie Marvel M093, from the Honner family’s Minlacowie stud, Brentwood, SA, stood reserve.
Champion Supermarket Index bull was Allendale Heidelberg M061, shown by the Day Family while reserve award went to Ravensdale Guardian M222.