South Australia dominate Hereford National show and sale

The $47,000 top-priced bull Allendale Washington K5 (ET) (P), with buyers Tom Nixon, Devon Court stud, Drillham, Queensland, and Jack Smith, Cascade stud, Currabubula and held by Alistair Day, Allendale stud, Bordertown, South Australia…SOUTH AUSTRALIAN dominance in the showring began in the performance index classes and continued through single classes to the intermediate, senior and grand championship ribbon distribution during the 55th annual Herefords Australia Dubbo National Show and Sale at Dubbo showground last week.

Two SA studs and two from NSW took champion and reserve awards in three divisions while another SA exhibitor won the prestigious Presidents Shield for the group of three bulls.

The winning streak for Bordertown, SA, based studs representing two Day families began in the two Performance classes where Days and Allendale studs took out the first three placings in each.

Bulls from Lachie and Lou Day’s Days Whiteface team were first and second in the EU Index class with Alistair Day’s Allendale stud, third, while in the Supermarket Index class Days stud was placed first and second with Allendale third and fourth when judged in the showring for market suitability by Australian Meat Group’s national livestock manager, Ben Davies, Wodonga, Victoria.

Structural judging and performance figures were judged the day prior by Roger Evans, Tamworth.

From the Days’ supermarket class quinella came the 23 months-old 938 kilogram Days Fleetwood K185 (P) and 1024kg Days Executive K168 (P), both going on to be awarded intermediate champion and reserve respectively.

In age these bulls are just 10 days apart.

In its first major show outing Fleetwood was then awarded grand champion exhibit with the judge Tim Bayliss, Livestock Manager, Ray White Rural, Dorrigo, and associate, agreeing on the bull’s carcase attributes.

Mr Bayliss said he was looking for a bull with good maturity pattern, that middle of the road animal with extra dimension in terms of carcase.

“Also a little bit of neck extension and that width and length from hip to pin.”

Days Fleetwood has a grand sire double cross of Allendale Waterhouse D1.

This bull’s son and now homebred sire Days Robin Hood H38 is Fleetwood’s sire while Waterhouse also sired Fleetwood’s dam, Days Dawn H40 (TW) (P).

Robin Hood was the 2013 Melbourne Royal Show junior and grand champion, also winning Melbourne’s Poll Hereford feature show supermarket performance class.

Allendale stud came to the fore with the oldest class winner, 28 month-old 1040kg Allendale Washington K5 ET (P), then awarded senior champion.

Exhibitor, Alistair Day, said Washington was the reserve junior champion of Adelaide Royal feature show last year and his sire, Allendale National W168 (P) was the 2003 $85,000 Dubbo record breaker.

“Washington’s dam, Allendale Fancy Z89 (P) also produced a Dubbo senior champion in 2010.

Attending its third Dubbo fixture, Warragundi stud of Matthew and Debbie Kelley and family, Currabubula, took out a winning trifecta three placings in the youngest class with both first and second placegetters moving up the scale to junior and reserve championships.

These were the 21 month-old 850kg Warragundi King of Kings (AI) (P) and 860kg Warragundi Krueger (P), members of Warragundi’s second placed President’s Shield group of three bulls

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