Royal Adelaide Judging Results

Article courtesy Catherine Miller, Stock Journal

A young bull exuding performance made it a hat trick of supreme Shorthorn exhibit wins for Vic breeders David and Marion Spencer, Yuroke, at the Royal Adelaide Show.

The 13-month-old bull, Sprys Extra Special N61, shown in partnership with Gerald and Lynden Spry, Wagga Wagga, NSW, caught judge Tom Green’s eye for its “ mix of power, structure and style”.

The 588 kilogram bull was an AI bred son of United States sire Muridale Thermal Energy 15A and from one of Sprys’ top female lines.

It had 96 square centimetres of eye muscle and 9 millimetres rump and 7mm rib fat.

“He just has that sire appeal, neck extension, stands up and has adequate muscle, and his temperament is fantastic,” Mr Spencer said.

Sprys stud has not shown cattle for many years but when approached earlier this year by Spencers were keen to promote the Thermal Energy genetics which Mr Spry sees having a great impact on the breed.

“It is been hard to find an outcross bull that is so correct and homozygous polled that we think can add to the breed,” he said.

‘Everything goes back to Theodore or Legend in two or three generations –  it has been a long time but we are rapt in the Thermal Energy progeny.

“His (Thermal Energy’s) EPDs are excellent and as more calves are born the numbers are working their way up in Australia.”

The first sons sold well at Sprys’ on-property sale in April,including the $38,000 sale topper.

The Spencer family had both animals at the pinnacle of judging with the bull narrowly edging out the junior and grand champion female, Sprys Carnation N16.

The Spencers bought the April-2017 drop heifer from Sprys earlier this year.

Mr Green, who is the manager of Iranda Beef feedlot at Tintinara, described the young red heifer as a stand out.

“That eye appeal, that length of body and volume and muscle makes her a very deserving winner,” he said.

The daughter of Royalla Rembrandt K413 is in calf to Bayview Unique.

“If we had a paddock full of heifers like her we would be pretty happy,” Mr Spencer said.

Mr Green was looking for functional, structurally correct cattle throughout the classes.

He said both his young grand champions had a “huge future”.

“Whether it is producing a long-term cow or a feeder, or grassfed animal, both the champions exhibited what we need in the beef industry as far as the style and efficiency,” he said.

It was fitting in the first time the Australian Shorthorns, Beef Shorthorns and Shorthorns were all shown together at Adelaide that Vic breeder Scott Bruton, Lake Boga, Vic should rise to the top.

He claimed both the senior champion female and bull titles with Australian Shorthorns.

The senior champion female is due to calve in six weeks.

“The beef industry needs to look for efficiencies so that calving before two years of age and rearing a calf at a young age is so important,” he said.

It was the second outing at the Royal Adelaide Show for senior champion bull, Roly Park Tasmania, which was a calf on the champion Australian Shorthorn female last year.

Tasmania weighed 786 kilograms and 111cm2 EMA at 18 months of age.

Judge: Tom Green, Tintinara

Exhibitors: 8

Supreme exhibit: Sprys Extra Special N61, D&M Spencer and G&L Spry, Yuroke, Vic

Junior and grand champion bull: Sprys Extra Special N61

Senior champion bull: Roly Park Tasmania, Scott Bruton, Lake Boga, Vic

Junior and grand champion female: Sprys Carnation N16, D&M Spencer and G&L Spry

Reserve junior female: Belmore Matriach N200, IAS Withers, Naracoorte

Reserve senior champion bull: Bayview Archer M15, HG Thompson & Sons, Yorketown

Reserve junior champion bull: Bayview Anarchy N62, HG Thompson & Sons

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About Shorthorn

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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