All broad ribbons for the 2017 Royal Brisbane Show have found their way to Northern NSW at the end of Hereford judging last Friday.
Judge Erin Waters, Andtravern Herefords in Lancefield Vic, had her work cut out for her as 71 exhibits were paraded for her careful consideration.
Ahead of their annual bull sale next week, Thornleigh Herefords, Ben and Annabelle Monie, Little Plain NSW, dominated in the bull side of the competition.
Thornleigh Legume L371 (S) was selected as both the senior and grand champion bull on the day. Mrs. Waters thought very highly of the 22 month old Wirruna Gular G285 son, describing him as “a very complete, structurally correct bull through his feet, legs, and undercarriage”.
“He displays that natural thickness down his topline and hindquarter. He has great skin and hair and is a real stud sire,” Mrs. Waters added.
Thornleigh also secured junior champion with Thornleigh Maxwell, and reserve senior champion with Thornleigh Legislator, who will both be offered for sale alongside the grand champion next week.
Reserve junior champion bull honours were taken out by S and T Crowley, Tycolah Poll Herefords of Barraba NSW, with their 12 month old entry – Tycolah Prize Fighter M092.
It was something like a fairy tale story in the female competition, when Neville Farrawell, Bonnie Brae Hereford Stud, Tamworth NSW was awarded grand champion female in his 65th year as an exhibitor at the Ekka with Bonnie Brae Lioness K02.
Judge Waters described Lioness as “a functional moderate framed cow with plenty of volume and capacity, with a great udder and calf at foot”.
Welray Patnership, Nabiac NSW, shone in the junior female division, claiming junior champion female with Wellray Corisande 66, and reserve champion junior female with Wellray Shirley 27.
Thornleigh Snowflake was sashed reserve senior champion female.
Thornleigh Legume L371 (S), exhibited by Ben Annabelle Monie of Little Plain NSW, was selected as both the senior and grand champion bull by judge Erin Waters, Lancefield VIC, at last week's 2017 Ekka.
Grand champion Hereford cow Bonne Brae Lioness 2 held by Jessica Grosser while Ryan Grosser holds her calf, exhibited by Neville Farrawell and sashed by Andrew Donoghue, general manager Herefords Australia. Photo – Queensland Country Life
Junior champion Hereford bull of the 2017 Brisbane Royal Show was awarded to Thornleigh Maxwell, the exhibit of Thornleigh Herefords, Ben and Annabelle Monie, Little Plain NSW.
Steve Crowley, Tycolah Poll Herefords of Barraba NSW, is pictured with reserve junior champion bull of the 2017 Ekka, Tycolah Prize Fighter M092.