European cattle breeds shine

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Bob GarnantThe West Australian

European cattle dominated the All Breeds Beef competition at the IGA Perth Royal Show.

Charolais and Limousin cattle, originating from France, and the Simmental breed, hailing from Switzerland, were the judges' top picks of the day.

This was true of most interbreed awards this year, according to the point system, except in the case of the senior bull class where a British breed - Speckle Park - was within reach of the accolade.

In the single awards, a total of 44 cattle paraded onto the main arena to contest among the four interbreed categories for top bragging rights for best junior or senior for both bulls and females.

The only unanimous decision was from the junior bulls section, when all four judges gave the nod to Liberty Just Ramblin Along, an 18-month-old Charolais exhibited by the Yost family, of Toodyay.

Judge Rob Hutchinson, of Victoria, said the 13-head line-up was outstanding.

"The top six had tremendous amount of red meat and carried excellent mobility," he said.

"The bull we awarded as our interbreed champion has a tremendous muscle pattern and is efficient, easy-doing and functional."

The 848kg junior bull recorded an eye muscle of 124cm squared.

The best of 13 different breeds also paraded in junior females and only one point separated a Limousin from a black Simmental.

For James and Casey Morris, of Morrisvale stud, Donnybrook, all their chips were on winning their first highly acclaimed Royal Show interbreed.

The couple were not disappointed when judge Selwyn Job, of New South Wales, gave their Limousin, Morrisvale Jealous Flame, the thumbs up. "The heifer has a lot of muscle but still is very soft and feminie, which is a rare combination," he said.

Casey Morris said the heifer was last year's interbreed calf winner, a prelude to the more competitive show ring of this year's mature females.

Fewer senior bulls were on the march but still showing the quality of the five breeds represented.

The closest point spread was found between the Charolais and the Speckle Park.

Three judges chose the Charolais as the interbreed winner. Liberty Hawkeye, a two-year-old working bull exhibited by the Yost family, was maintaining good structure.

Judge Graham Brown, of Queensland, said it was the best time to look at a bull, after it had been serving females. "He just floated around the main arena with excellent feet and structure," Mr Graham said.

Mr Brown was the only judge to select the Speckle Park bull on top.

In the earlier breed judging, Mr Brown said the bull was an outstanding British-breed type with excellent structure and carrying a ton of meat.

Numbers were back up to 13 in the senior cow judging, but another European breed was highlighted with the win.

Judge Diana Wood said all great females came with great udders, when she announced Bandeeka F Go Go, with calf at foot, as the champion, exhibited by Tony and Loreen Kitchen, of Elgin.

"She carries a lot of depth of body, brilliant spring of rib and milk capacity," Mrs Wood said.

The interbreed group of three heifers competition was also won by the Kitchen family's Simmentals, while the group of three bulls went to Lesley Millner's Downunder Charolais stud, of Wooroloo.

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