A black and polled heifer stamped with “donor potential’’ stormed through the classes to overpower the bulls for the title of supreme exhibit at the 2018 Limousin National Show.
Held at Wodonga on May 3, the National Show drew 32 vendors from four Australian states with 103 entries.
Over judge Donna Robson, Mount View Orchards, Adelong, NSW and associate judge Kate Loudon, Wagga Wagga, NSW, could not go past the heifer, Progress Midnight Dreams M14, for their supreme exhibit.
The Progress Keep Dreaming K11 daughter was exhibited by Peter Kylstra, Progress Limousins, Yanco, NSW, to junior and grand champion female, and supreme exhibit.
Out of Progress Noble Empress, the 19-month-old heifer was AIed to Wulf’s Xcelcior for a September calving.
Mrs Robson admired the heifer for her extra length, capacity, width and dimension.
“She is super sound, long and a very complete package,’’ she said.
“She will grow into an excellent cow and has donor potential written on her.’’
The sashing of the grand champion female turned into a shoot out between Progress entries with the senior champion female, Progress Keep the Magic K8, impressing the judge with her length, exceptional udder quality, and great job on her calf.
Sired by Summit Noble Magic, the apricot polled, three-year-old cow had a seven-month-old heifer calf, Progress Legends Magic, and was AIed to Myers Master Court.
Mr Kylstra said the heifer had been shown once for calf champion at the National Limousin Junior show.
“I have raised and managed 42 of her ancestors and can trace her pedigree back to the foundation cows bought in 1984,’’ he said.
“It is rewarding to see what I have is still competitive.’’
Limousin National sale chairman Garry Hedger was on the halter of the senior and grand champion bull, Garren Park Marcello M33, a son of the stud’s main herd sire Meriden Poll Heavyduty.
The 21-month-old bull weighed 862kg, scanned with an eye muscle area of 129sqcm, rump fat of 12mm and rib fat of 9mm, and scrotal circumference of 41cm.
Judge Donna Robson described Marcello as deep through the mid section, had strength through the spine and plenty of carcass.
“He walks well, is smooth through the front end, has softness and is a real sire in the making,’’ she said.
Exhibitor Garry Hedger, Garren Park Genetics, Culcairn, said the bull had been a standout calf and the National was his showring debut.
Mr Hedger said the bull had a strong maternal line and was a typical calf of in-herd sire Meridan Poll Heavyduty.
Hayden Green, Summit Livestock, Uranquinty, NSW, exhibited the champion heifer calf, Summit Melody N34, a black and polled 12-month-old sired by Oakvale Fergie and from Sandastre Ebony Girl.
Summit Livestock also showed the reserve junior champion heifer, Summit Charming M155, a homozygous polled, black daughter of Oakvale Fergie.
Annette Tynan, Birubi Limousins, Borambola, NSW, exhibited the reserve champion heifer calf, Birubi Miss Nonsense N54.
The apricot, homozygous polled four-year-old cow Warrawindi Kiss Me Baby, with a heifer sired by Shalone Nobel Prize, was sashed as reserve senior champion female for the Galpin family, Warrawindi Limousins, Penola, SA.
In the bulls, the black homozygous polled Summit Prototype M148 was sashed junior champion for Summit Livestock.
Mrs Robson said the Wulfs Zane son was the “powerhouse of the class and an outstanding bull’’.
The 20-month-old bull weighed 854kg, had an eye muscle area scan of 146sqcm and a scrotal circumference of 40cm.
Jasmine Green was on the halter of stablemate, Summit Bluegrass M170, for reserve junior champion.
The title for senior champion was a tussle between Garren Park bulls with Garren Park Memphis M30 being sashed as the reserve.
Summit Livestock rounded out the National Show by winning the Michael Tynan Memorial Prize for pen of three bulls.
Mrs Robson said the line-up of bulls was red meat combined with softness.
“This award is a great way to highlight the power and performance in the shed and the sale,’’ she said.
“The Summit team stood out for evenness of type and as individuals.’’