Pure-bred Angus hit the bullseye
A pen of four pure-bred Angus heifers has scooped top spot in the third Elders Heifer Competition, in a first-time win for Walkaway farmer Darren Cobley.
Mr Cobley, who came second last year with a pen of four Angus heifers, generously donated his $500 prize money to The Abrolhos Group in Geraldton.
He said the winning pen comprised of 15-month-old heifers entered to support the event.
While cattle play a relatively small part in the Cobleys’ enterprise, they are still an important part — with most of the 200 breeders sold domestically. “I had no expectations for a win at all, I just thought it was a good chance to get involved and support the competition,” he said.
“I thought it was a good turnout at Expo this year, we haven’t had great weather this year so it was a good chance to watch up.”
The Cobleys run a mixed farm with about 2000 breeding SAMMS, 5000ha of crop and the property’s own feedlot, where the cattle are fattened using the farm’s grain.
Second-placed Andrew Gillam of Gabyon Pastoral Company, at Irwin, earned his spot on the leaderboard with a pen of Angus-Santa Gertrudis.
Last year’s winner Sally O’Brien, of Irwin, placed third with a pen of Angus — Shorthorn cross after scooping last year’s competition with the same mix.
The Cosgrove family, of Mingenew, placed fourth with a pen of purebred Angus after also enjoying winning first and third in the Elders Flock Ewe Competition.
Mingenew farmer Geoff Cosgrove said he was pleased to take out the win.
Commercial cattle of any breed, including crosses, were judged for structural soundness, femininity, carcase quality, uniformity and temperament.
Points were awarded for structure, temperament, market suitability and carcase condition. John Spencer judged the competition for the first time, taking the reins from last year’s judge Moora cattle producer Murray Grey.
Elders Mingenew livestock agent Ross Tyndale-Powell, whose company sponsored the Elders Livestock Arena, said livestock formed an important part of some mixed operations in the Mid West.
“We were really happy with the stock that were in the competition this year, there was a good condition and good quality,” he said.
“I thought Darren Cobley’s cattle were really good quality, and they were nice quality cattle with a good temperament they were a stand out. Assistant livestock steward Billi Marshall, who judged last year’s competition, thanked Elders for its support, all of those who entered livestock, and local farmers who devoted their time to judge the events.
Livestock steward Brad Kupsch said the event was an important commercial livestock competition.
”This event is a great opportunity to highlight the genetic quality and livestock production throughout the northern wheatbelt and to showcase local livestock breeders and their objectives when it comes to meeting commercial market targets and specifications,” he said.
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