Yearling bull Tarcombe Justin P016 stormed through the classes to take out the grand champion sash at the 2019 Herefords Australia National Show at Wodonga.
The 14-month-old, 586kg bull was exhibited by the Hayes family, Tarcombe Herefords, Ruffy, Vic, to Top of the Drop and grand champion Hereford bull.
Sired by Wirruna Justin J13, Justin had a raw scan of 98sqcm for eye muscle area, 14mm at the rump, 9mm at the rib and a scrotal circumference of 39cm.
On BREEDPLAN, the bull has a birthweight of +3.0kg, eye muscle area of +7.4sqcm, intramuscular fat of +1.3 and +#173 on the grainfed index.
He was a standout bull among a line up of 141 for National judge Lachy Day, Days Whiteface, Bordertown, SA.
“When judging the baby class, I mentioned about using yearling bulls of high genetic merit,’’ Mr Day said.
“This calf is so strong off the shoulder, has a good set of testicles, really gets around, has good birth to growth carcase data, and is a bull which will significantly help our breed.’’
It was the first broadribbon win for Tarcombe principals Rob and Tim Hayes in 25 years of exhibiting at the Wodonga National.
They also showed their herd sire and senior champion Tarcombe Fort N093, a son of Wirruna Fort F382, and weighing 976kg.
Mr Day liked the senior champion’s maturity pattern, muscularity, structural correctness, mobility and length.
Regarded as one of the biggest British bred shows in the nation, the event was held at the Wodonga showground on May 8, drawing 40 vendors from four states.
Opening the show was the judging of the Top of the Drop champion and Elders Shield of Excellence with the broadribbon going to Tarcombe Justin P016, and Allendale Gallipoli P021 in reserve.
Junior champion bull was awarded to Ravensdale Bushranger N200 with Mawarra Ransom N364 in reserve.
Exhibited by Ravensdale Poll Herefords, Holbrook, NSW, Bushranger is a son of Injemira Anzac K220 and out of Ravensdale Shamrock J291.
The August 2017-drop bull weighed 838kg, had an eye muscle scan of 122sqcm, 11mm at the P8 site, 7mm on the rump and a scrotal circumference of 42cm.
On BREEDPLAN, the bull had a birthweight of +5.4kg, an eye muscle area of +5.3sqcm and intramuscular fat of +1.3 per cent.
Mr Day paid tribute to Bushranger’s muscle shape, length of body, mobility and carcase data.
In the intermediate classes, Mawarra Genetics, Longford, Vic, exhibited the champion Mawarra Gunsmith N146 with the reserve going to Ravensdale Poll Herefords’ entry, Ravensdale Blackhawk N081.
Sired by Mawarra One and Only L018, Mawarra Gunsmith weighed 930kg and had a raw eye muscle scan of 132sqcm, 17mm on the rump, 10mm on the rib and a scrotal circumference of 43cm.
The June 2017 drop bull had a birthweight of +5.9kg, eye muscle area of +5.4sqcm and intramuscular fat of +0.4 per cent.
Mr Day said Gunsmith was a most complete bull with a medium maturity pattern, mobility, good estimated breeding values and testicles.
Ravensdale Poll Herefords showed the reserve senior champion Ravensdale Hotwire N014 and were named as the most successful exhibitor.