The Hereford Feature at the 2018 Sydney Royal Easter show has been an outstanding showcase for the Hereford breed.
Hereford entries more than doubled for the Sydney Royal this year with over 300 entries from 73 studs across New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, and Tasmania.
With $15,000 in prize money plus products up for grabs in the show ring, all classes were hotly contended.
The judge for the Hereford Feature Show was Mr PJ Budler from the USA. As a world-renowned cattle expert Mr Budler has judged over 40 breeds of cattle in 21 countries, however the Hereford breed was his first passion, starting his own Hereford stud at just 15 years of age.
Kanimbla Livestock claimed Champion Female Calf with Kanimbla Tia Maria N005, and Mr Robert Nader’s heifer Bahloo H9 Beautitude N1 was awarded Reserve Champion Female Calf.
Intermediate Champion Female, Junior Champion Female, and Grand Champion Female were also won by Kanimbla Livestock with Kanimbla May M070. Sired by Kanimbla Power Play J066, Mr Budler described the Grand Champion Female as: “Feminine and upheaded in the front, but with so much muscle and power behind the shoulders too – a tremendous female.”
Reserve Champion Intermediate Female was won by Miss Nikki Williamson’s Kielder Park Mustang Sally M001.
Tondara Hereford Stud in partnership with Jordan Alexander won Champion Senior Female with Kanimbla Harmony K157.
Reserve Champion Senior Female was awarded to Claystone Thankful L104, owned by Christian and Stacey Allen of Hoskinstown, NSW.
Champion Bull Calf was won by Mr Jason Graham with Graham Asterix N003, and Reserve Champion Bull Calf was won by Steve and Therese Crowley’s Tycolah Quest N004.
Intermediate Champion Bull was won by NJ and DE Shannon of Merrits Creek QLD, with Braelyn Governor M157.
Kanimbla Livestock were awarded Reserve Champion Intermediate Bull with Kanimbla Diablo M082.
Warragundi Beef Company achieved fantastic results with their 21-month-old bull Warragundi Minnesota M001, who was named Champion Senior Bull, Grand Champion Bull, and Best Hereford Exhibit of the show. The 1078kg bull, sired by Warragundi Johny Reb J5 and out of a Mount Difficult cow impressed judge PJ Budler with his muscle, function, and volume.
“This is a bull that can make a difference in countries all across the world.”
“[He is] a tremendous example of the breed.” Said Mr Budler.
Tondara Hereford Stud’s Tondara Double Shot M015 was awarded Reserve Champion Senior Bull.
These exceptional results in the show ring – coming off the back of strong Hereford prices at recent weaner sales, pushes the Hereford breed to the forefront of discussion as a breed of the future.
Pictured Top: Grand Champion Hereford Female, Kanimbla May M070