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TAS Country : October 7th 2010
8 Tasmanian Country Friday, October 8, 2010 Burnie Show INTERBREED: Heath Dobson and Grand Champion Bull Pine Park Eskimo Joe. Eskimo Joe takes out top title CHAROLAIS bull Pine Park Eskimo Joe has won this year's Grand Champion Interbreed Beef Bull award at the Burnie Show. The 16-month-old bull was bred by Heath and Samantha Dobson at their Pine Park Charolais stud at Cluan in the state's North. Weighing in at 650kg, the bull beat a top-quality line-up of junior bulls to win the Junior Champion Interbreed Bull title, before taking out the grand champion sash. Mr Dobson said the bull was typical of the cattle they were aiming to breed. ''This bull has the thickness and the correctness that we're after,'' he said. ''We want those early-maturing, quick-growing, soft, easy-finishing type of cattle.'' Mr Dobson said they kept to a moderate frame size in their Charolais and aimed for faster growth, which meant the cattle could be finished for a variety of market specifications. ''We want them to grow fast and then taper off because we don't want big- framed cows,'' he said. ''We tend to aim for the domestic MSA market and they are really good for that, they hit the grades pretty well.'' Mr Dobson said the winning bull was one that would be offered for sale at the annual Agfest bull sale in May. Teamwork pays off handsomely for Haylee SWEET SUCCESS: Corinda Downs Entree with Cindy Coad and Haylee Bennett. HAYLEE Bennett's intro- duction to cattle showing started in the best possible way when her Simmental heifer won the Grand Champion Exhibit award at last week's Burnie Show. Ms Bennett runs the Damlee Simmental Stud with her partner Damian Hingston at Gawler in the state's North. Her winning 13-month- old heifer Corinda Downs Entree was bought as a calf from the Corinda Downs stud in South Australia. ''She was only about a month old when I bought her because I really loved the mother,'' Ms Bennett said. The heifer won the Champion Interbreed Beef Heifer award, before tak- ing out the Grand Cham- pion Beef Female title and then the Supreme Beef Exhibit award. ''I was never really that interested in the showing side of it, but I've got a friend who breeds Murray Greys and she encouraged me to have a go and helped me get them ready,'' Ms Bennett said. ''I was in shock when she won . . . I've never done this before, so it wasn't what I expected at all.'' Ms Bennett's friend and experienced show competi- tor Cindy Coad helped her prepare the cattle for the Burnie Show and also ex- hibited them in the ring. ''I couldn't have done it without Cindy, she did all the preparation and the clipping and everything and she showed them,'' Ms Bennett said. Ms Bennett and her part- ner now run about 15 registered cows in their stud. ''Mum and Dad always had Simmentals and we use them in our cross-bred commercial herd,'' she said. ''We bought a couple of stud cows in 2007 from Albury-Wodonga because we wanted to start breed- ing a few of our own bulls, and it's just grown from there.'' Ms Bennett said crop- ping was their main farm- ing enterprise. 5.99%
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