Benalong wins third Gingin trophy

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With the Gingin Heifer Competition trophy, were Judge Richard Metcalfe, organiser George Gifford, and award recipent Lewis Roe, of Gingin.
Camera IconWith the Gingin Heifer Competition trophy, were Judge Richard Metcalfe, organiser George Gifford, and award recipent Lewis Roe, of Gingin. Credit: Supplied

Benalong Grazing, a commercial cattle breeding enterprise, gained top points to win its third consecutive 2019 Gingin Heifer Competition win on March 28.

The competition, which included 20 pens of entries, had been a way of lifting the district’s breeding quality, according to organiser George Gifford.

“Over the years, Gingin cattle breeders have learnt a lot about their cattle through this competition,” he said.

Judge Richard Metcalfe, of Koojan Hills Angus stud in Manypeaks, said most of the 20 entries contained three very good heifers, but what determined the place getters was the standard of the fourth heifer.

“The winners were very good pens of heifers displaying all the attributes required for longevity as breeding females,” he said.

Points were awarded on temperament, structural soundness, femininity, carcase quality and evenness of pen.

The winning Benalong Angus heifers, shown by the Roe family of Gingin, were 11 months old, with Ardcairnie bloodlines.

The trophy for the best four stud heifers was won by Fernwood Farm for its Angus entries, while Kamarah Speckle Park stud placed second.

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