Feature breed on show

Countryman

Judge Krystelle Ridley sashed Bandeeka Fancypants as supreme champion Simmental.

Simmentals are the feature breed at this year's Perth Royal Show.

Sired by Woonallee Benefactor with Bandeeka Remember C105 as dame, the 1172kg, 29-month-old senior champion and grand champion bull had an EMA of 136cm with 8mm of fat. "He is a big, tremendously powerful sire and stands there like he owns the place," Ms Ridley said.

Exhibitor Loreen Kitchen was proud as punch of her bull as well as the grand champion female, five-year-old cow with calf at foot, Bandeeka C Sache.

Ms Ridley said Bandeeka C Sache was a true matron, doing a great job with her calf.

This year there were more than 35 Simmentals exhibited at the Royal Show, coinciding with the breed's 40th anniversary in Australia.

The progeny group of two was awarded to the Kitchen family, along with the breeders' group of three.

Simmental Australia Federal president Mike Introvigne said the breed offered diversity with maternal characteristics that were unique, coupled with growth and carcase attributes.

"The real beauty of Simmentals is that they have been crossed successfully with every breed in Australia," he said. "And in the next five to 10 years, you will see a big growth in Simmentals back to the glory days of the 1980s."

Mr Introvigne said this growth would be driven by a strong commercial focus by stud breeders.

Simmental

Supreme champion: Bandeeka Fancypants, T& L Kitchen

Junior champion female: Bandeeka C Sache, T & L Kitchen

Reserve junior champion female: Topweight Bettina G103, Topweight Grazing Co

Senior champion female: Bandeeka C Sache

Reserve senior champion female: Bandeeka F Go Go, T & L Kitchen

Grand champion female: Bandeeka C Sache

Junior champion bull: Bandeeka Granada, T & L Kitchen

Reserve champion junior bull: _Bandeeka Gadget, T & L Kitchen _

Senior champion bull: _Bandeeka Fancypants _

Reserve senior champion bull: _Inlet Views Emperor, WA College of Agriculture Denmark _

Grand champion bull: _Bandeeka Fancypants _

Kate Pollard

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