Females reign Supreme at Hobart Royal Show Interbreed

Hobart Royal Show Interbreed judging resulted in strong Shorthorn wins in both the Female classes, after Shorthorns were the feature breed at the show.

Marrington Ruby Amor, shown with her seven-month-old calf at foot, was sashed champion interbreed senior female before taking out the supreme title. She was exhibited by Kidman Downs Shorthorn stud, run by Sarah and Chelsea Rayner. The female was a raffle heifer won by Sarah in 2016 at the Shorthorn Youth Expo.

The cow earned high praise from the interbreed judges, local Damon Englund, Ross Canning from Victoria and Jake Phillips from South Australia.

“This cow has a lot of femininity, she’s got great neck extension and look at that calf she’s producing,” Mr Canning said. “She’s got a near perfect udder as well, which is something we focus on a lot more now.”

Mr Phillips said the cow was structurally hard to fault.

“Once she gets on the move she’s just a picture to watch,” he said.

The champion interbreed junior female was a tough one to judge, with the Loane family’s Dunroan Shorthorn stud eventually victorious.

The winning heifer was 14-month-old Dunroan Patchwork, judge Ross Canning commended the heifer on her growth, length and overall style in the previous day judging.

The stud has had a great season so far, with major interbreed awards at Burnie and Launceston shows.


In the Breed Judging the previous day Dunroan Noah being sashed both Junior and Grand Champion Male. Mr Canning described the young sire as displaying great carcass, with length and capacity.


In a credit to the exhibitors the first class of heifers in the ring had to be split as the ring could not accommodate the whole display. Twenty heifers were exhibited by the Tasman District School with all the heifers provided by Cherry Tree Shorthorns.

Junior champion bull: Dunroan Noah, sired by Sprys Discovery L218, exhibited by Dunroan Shorthorns.

Reserve junior champion bull: Dunroan Nelson, sired by Sprys Patents Ace G38, exhibited Dunroan Shorthorns.

Junior champion female: Dunroan Patchwork 5th, sired by Sprys Double Barrell H155, exhibited Dunroan Shorthorns.

Reserve junior champion female: Dunroan Primrose, sired by Sprys Patents Ace G38, exhibited Dunroan Shorthorns.

Senior champion female: Marrington Ruby Amor, sired by Barana Hitchcock, exhibited by Chelsea and Sarah Rayner.

Reserve senior champion female: Cherry Tree Preachers Ramona, sired by Belmore Preacher, exhibited by Cherry Tree Shorthorns.

Grand champion bull: Dunroan Noah, exhibited by Dunroan Shorthorns.

Grand champion female: Marrington Ruby Amor, exhibited by Chelsea and Sarah Rayner.

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The Shorthorn breed is truly unique, from their distinctive roan colour, to their rich breed history and most importantly, the wonderful community of breeders, there is nothing else quite like a Shorthorn.

The key to the Shorthorn breeds advantage lies in their balanced genetic profile, driven by market participation that has been developed and refined, after more than 200 years of genetic selection under Australian conditions.

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