Angus triumphant at Albany
An "unbeatable" senior Black Angus female with bull calf at foot was judged supreme all breeds beef exhibit at the Albany Royal Agricultural Show.
Ponderosa Vicky edged out competition from both Gelbvieh, Murray Grey and Black Angus breeds to clinch the supreme ribbon.
The Albany-bred female, aged five years and nine months, had taken judge Troy Mostart's eye in the British breeds section where the cow was singled out from a "well presented" field of five senior females represented by Murray Grey, Black Angus and Red Angus breeds.
The cow took out top place in the senior champion British breed female competition, before going on to win the grand champion all breeds senior beef female ribbon.
Judge Troy Mostart, of Ebenezer Holsteins, Albany, had good standing to judge the mixed classes, drawing from his experience gathered from his own commercial beef herd of Murray Grey cattle.
With a focus on breeding good quality in both the beef and dairy cattle, Mr Mostart was taken with the senior female's strength, stating that her overall capacity clinched the win.
"This animal has great capacity, stands tall and has great strength through the topline. She carries well, walks and tracks well and has a beautiful udder," he said.
"She is a powerful cow, showing just what she can do. She's exhibiting everything right today and also has a well-supported big bull calf at foot. She just can't be beaten," Mr Mostart said.
Breeder Alistair Murray, of Tullibardine Murray Grey and Angus Stud, also had a successful show campaign, taking home grand champion all breed class rosettes for the junior beef female and junior beef male.
Tullibardine King Kong proved Black Angus breeding was on track in the Great Southern with praise for the animal's musculature and overall build.
"He is an outstanding bull, who carries a lot of weight well - I really like the way he walks out. He has great overall length and growth, with muscling all the way through. His angle of shoulder is particularly nice," Mr Mostart said.
Murray Grey heifer Tullibardine Amelia K87 rounded out the stud's All Breed rosettes, clinching victory over the Minature Hereford and Gelbvieh breeds, representing the specialty and European breed classes respectively.
The judge commented on the 20- month-old heifer's great length, capacity and has smooth muscling.
"You really want all females to look like this today," said Mr Mostart.
Summit Gelbvieh stud was not to be outdone, with Summit Top Gun standing up to some stiff competition to take home the grand champion all breeds senior beef male rosette, even with minimal show preparation.
Mr Mostart referred to the bull's power and clean lines.
"He has a great set of feet and legs, carries himself well and has great balance and rump setup. He has a lot of power," Mr Mostart said.
The supreme champion dairy exhibit rosette was awarded to Ebenezer Felix Flossie, while the most successful exhibitor title was shared by Tullibardine Stud and Inlet Views Stud respectively.
·Supreme all breeds beef exhibit: *Ponderosa Vicky *
·Grand champion all breeds junior beef female: *Tullibardine Amelia K87 *
·Grand champion all breeds junior beef male: *Tullibardine King Kong K13 *
·Grand champion all breeds senior beef female: *Ponderosa Vicky *
·Grand champion all breeds senior beef male: *Summit Top Gun *
·Supreme champion dairy exhibit: *Ebenezer Felix Flossie *
·Supreme champion dairy heiffer: *Ebenezer Ashley Meg *
·Supreme champion dairy female: *Ebenezer Felix Flossie *
·Breeders group of three:
Mt Barker High School *
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