South Devon tour takes in the sights of WA


Boyup Brook South Devon cattle producer David Corker has been elected president of the World South Devon Association.

The election was held at the eighth world congress of the South Devon World Association in October in Ballarat, Victoria as part of a tour of Australia covering six States in 30 days.

More than 50 people attended the tour and congress including 40 producers from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia.

Mr Corker said the tour started in Perth and finished with farewell dinner on a boat on the Sydney Harbour.

On the WA leg, the first stop was Stan and Carole Dorman's Rommilly Hills property where Mr Corker said there were excellent South Devon cattle, Suffolk and Samm sheep.

The group then visited Allen and Beverley Mountford's Duranillin property to inspect their South Devon stud and commercial cattle.

The tour also visited Kevin and Lyn Forbes in Mt Barker where there was two sets of yards filled with South Devon Red Angus cross commercial cattle for the tour group to see and two Barooga South Devon bulls.

After sightseeing in the South West, the group visited two properties in Boyup Brook - Richard, Caroline and Ben Creek's to look at South Devon and South Devon composite commercial cattle and president David Corker's.

The group also visited Maurie Rees Barooga South Devon stud in Collie and Manzo Grande to see a top herd of commercial South Devon cattle, bred by Peter and Delys Piavanini.

In Dardanup, the tour visited the Mountford's South Devon stud before concluding with a dinner in Perth.

Mr Corker, as federal president of the South Devon Society of Australia, presented a certificate of life membership of the society to Stan Dorman for his outstanding contribution to the breed over many years.

The tour also visited commercial cattle operations and stud cattle displays in South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, Queensland and New South Wales.

During the world congress meeting, Brian Thomson from NZ was elected vice-president and James Moon from the UK was elected world association secretary.

The next tour will be held in the US in 2014.

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