Australia has won gold medals with a powerful male and female entry in the 2016 Champion of the World and Hereford – Miss World judging.
Tondara Uptowns Novelty 126 won gold in the 2016 Hereford – Miss Asia/Africa category with Australia’s polled bull entry Days Fleetwood K185, winning gold in the 2016 Hereford – Champion of Asia/Africa.
New Zealand took silver in the bull class while bronze went to the Australian horned entry, Glendan Park Knockout K160.
In the female class, South Africa won silver and Kazakhstan the bronze.
The global competition is co-ordinated by PJ Budler, of herefordbreeder.net, in the US and drew champion bulls and females from North and South America, Asia/Africa and Europe.
Australia’s grand champion bulls from Wodonga and Dubbo National show and sales, and Sydney Royal champion females, were eligible to enter.
International judges used photographs and videos to rank the cattle across the judging period from December 1-7.
Winners from North and South America, Asia/Africa and Europe will be assessed on December 6-7 for the overall male and female world champions.
This year’s official judges were Jose Bonica, Uruguay, Glenn Trout, Australia, Gjermund Birkeli, Norway, and Mark McClintock, New Zealand, plus members of the Facebook’s Hereford Breeder page.
The Hereford – Champion of the World and Hereford – Miss World will be announced at the 2016 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo on January 29, 2017.
The owners of the eight regional winners will be flown to Texas for the Fort Worth Stock Show to take part in a week of Hereford activities, including commercial and stud sales, herd tour and seminars.
Days Fleetwood K185 stormed through the classes at Dubbo to win the supermarket index performance class, intermediate and grand champion Poll Hereford bull for vendors Lachy and Lou Day, Days Whiteface, Bordertown, SA.
Sired by Days Robin Hood H38 (AI) (ET), the July 2014 drop bull was out of an Allendale Waterhouse D1 female, Days Dawn H40, and took out the inaugural Evan Davies Memorial Trophy.
At Dubbo, Fleetwood weighed 938kg, scanned at 24mm on the rump, 15mm on the rib, had an eye muscle area of 130sqcm and a scrotal circumference of 41cm.
The bull was bought for $40,000 by Mike Todd, Mark Baker, James and Belinda McWilliam, Kanimbla Poll Herefords, Holbrook, NSW.
Exhibited by the Holt family, Tondara Herefords, Urana, NSW, Tondara Uptowns Novelty 126 is a February 2015 drop heifer sired by Ups Uptown (IMP CAN) and out of Tondara V-9 Novelty 119.
The heifer won junior and grand champion female, followed by best Hereford exhibit, after making her showring debut at Sydney this year.
The 22-month-old 918kg Glendan Park Knockout K160 was exhibited by Alvio Trovatello, Glendan Park Herefords, Kyneton, Vic, to junior and grand champion Hereford bull, and supreme whiteface exhibit at Wodonga.
A son of Warringa Google G23 and out of a Cootharaba Magnum female, Knockout scanned with a raw eye muscle area of 126sqcm, 20mm of rump fat, 11mm of rib fat and had a scrotal circumference of 40cm.
On BREEDPLAN, the bull has a birthweight of +6.7kg, 600 day weight of +83kg, carcass weight of +50kg, EMA of +4.5sqcm and intramuscular fat percentage of +0.7.
Antony Baillieu, Yarram Park Herefords, Willaura, Vic, joined Graeme Newnham, Cara Park Herefords, Delungra, NSW, to buy K160 for $52,000.
Days Fleetwood K185 has taken out gold in the 2016 Hereford – Champion of Asia/Africa.
Glendan Park Knockout K160 took bronze in the 2016 Hereford – Champion of Asia/Africa.
The Holt family’s Tondara Uptowns Novelty 126 won gold in the 2016 Hereford – Miss Asia/Africa.