ALISHA FOGDEN, STOCK JOURNAL –
THE grand champion female from the Wilson family’s Kerlson Pines stud at Keith “ticked all the boxes” for judge Jake Phillips in the Hereford judging on Friday, and had a “bright future ahead”.
Two-year-old Kerlson Pines Last Day L24 had “good length of body, sound structure, good udder and was very maternal” with her 2.5-month-old bull calf at-foot.
“It’s everything you need in a female,” Mr Phillips said, and was why she won ahead of junior champion heifer Ardno Oyster M124 from Ardno Herefords, Mount Gambier.
“The heifer is very attractive, with depth of body and enough carcase for her age – she has a bright future ahead of her,” he said.
Kerlson Pines stud principal Mark Wilson said the grand female was bred from the successful Last Day family and was the reserve junior champion female at last year’s Royal Adelaide Show.
“It’s in-calf at the moment, but will eventually go on to be part of an ET program,” he said.
It was also Last Day’s “free movement” in the ring which won her the senior title ahead of 2.5-year-old Days Fancy L4 from the Days Whiteface stud, Bordertown, in reserve.
But Days Whiteface was not left disappointed for long, with junior champion bull Days Gallant M141 taking out the grand champion title.
Gallant weighed 665 kilograms at 15 months old, had an eye muscle area 112 square centimetres, 8-millimetre rump fat and 5mm rib fat.
Kerlson Pines stud won reserve junior champion bull with Kerlson Pines Kerley M091 – a 13-month-old bull weighing 560kg, with a 92EMA, 5mm rump and 3mm rib fat.
Mr Wilson said Kerley’s breeding was also from the Last Day family line, with brothers recently sold for up to $19,000.
“Kerley will probably go on to be shown and possibly sold at either the Wodonga or Dubbo Hereford national show and sales,” he said.
Mr Wilson said Friday was one of their more successful in their nearly 30 years of showing at Adelaide, also taking home reserve junior champion female went to Kerlson Pines Miss Nancy M128.
“Miss Nancy is only a young female, not quite 12 months old,” he said.
“She’ll be mated later this year before going on to next year’s Sydney Show where Herefords are the feature breed.”
Grand champion Hereford female Kerlson Pines Last Day with Christine Comley, Ardno Herefords, Mount Gambier, judge Jake Phillips, Naracoorte, and Mark and Travis Wilson, Kerlson Pines, Keith.
Reserve junior champion Hereford female Kerlson Pines Miss Nancy with Landmark’s Gordon Wood and Travis Wilson, Kerlson Pines, Keith.