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TAS Country : October 7th 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010 Tasmanian Country 9 Burnie Show Poll Hereford muscles in on title THRILLED: Burnie Show Champion Interbreed Senior Bull Nova Peru with owner Cam Clements. Pictures: KAROLIN MacGREGOR REPORTS: KAROLIN MacGREGOR A TWO-YEAR-OLD Poll Hereford bull has taken out the Senior Champion Beef Bull award at this year's Burnie Show. Bred and owned by Cam Clements from the Nova Poll Hereford Stud, the bull weighs in at 955kg. Mr Clements said he was thrilled with the show results, which also saw his cattle win the Champion Poll Hereford Group, the Reserve Cham- pion Interbreed Group and the Reserve Champion Interbreed Junior Heifer and Bull awards. The winning senior bull Nova Peru was sired by Bowen Vincent, and his grandsire is the well-known Valma Southern Star. Peru's dam is the cow Nova Wild Card Peony. Mr Clements runs a small herd of about 15 stud cows on his property at West Ridgley. He uses a very selective artificial insemination breeding program each year to produce calves with a wide variety of top bloodlines. ''Because I've only got small num- bers, each cow is basically mated individually,'' Mr Clements said. ''I use semen from quite a wide range of bulls, so I get a good mix of genetics each year.'' Mr Clements' interest in Herefords started when he was only about 10 years old and he used to visit Ian Walker, who was then the stud groom at the well-known Valmont Stud. Mr Clements said his involvement with the stud continued when it was taken on by Keith and Anne McLauch- lan and became the Valma Stud. Mr Clement's foundation cow herd was based on Valma genetics, and he said the McLauchlan family had been very supportive over the years. ''They've been very good to me and given me a lot of help and advice over the years,'' he said. Mr Clements said he planned to gradually increase his stud numbers to produce between 25 to 30 calves a year. He said he enjoyed showing his cattle. ''I like getting feedback and com- ments from people about how well the cattle are looking,'' Mr Clements said. ''I have got a few sales as well over the years by having the cattle at shows, so it's good in that way.'' Mr Clements is not able to compete at the Royal Launceston Show this week, but said he planned to attend the Devonport and Stanley shows. Udderly prime competition PRIZE PRODUCER: Grand Champion Dairy Cow Gowerville Derry Carmine and Braden Howlett. ONLOOKERS at the Burnie Show's dairy section judging last Friday said the quality of cows at the show was the best they had seen for many years. During the morning breed class section, judge Jason Chesworth from the Hunter Valley in New South Wales was kept busy sorting out the winners, while the after- noon's interbreed section was judged by Vaughan Jo- hnson from Mt Gambia in South Australia. The biggest turnout of top- quality cows in the Best Udder class for some time made Mr Johnson's job tough, but in the end it was the Perkins family's Calthorpe Jordan Lorraine who was sashed the winner. In the Supreme Champion Exhibit class, Mr Johnson selected his top four cows before sashing the Geard family's cow Gowerville Derry Carmine as the champion. The Geards are regular competitors at shows around the state and travelled to Burnie from their property at Broad- marsh. As well as being successful in the show ring, Mr Geard said the cow was also a very good producer and had won the Tasmanian On Farm Challenge and the Cow of the Year award in 2009. The Geards were also successful in the annual Queen of Butter Fat and Queen of Protein competition, earning a second and third place. The Queen of Butter Fat award was won by Garerley Holsteins, and the Queen of Protein was won by Janye Walters with Burnvale Allen Midge 8. SUCCESS: Daryl Heazlewood and Mitchell Clarke with the Champion Senior Interbreed Female Platinum Angus Bond and her six-month-old calf. Slow starter shines through SHE may not have won much as a heifer, but Daryl Heazlewood's cow Platinum Angus Bond is making up for lost time. The 4½-year-old cow got off to a fantastic start this show season by winning the Grand Champion Angus Female award during Friday's beef breed classes at the Burnie Show. The cow then went on to win the Champion Senior Beef Female interbreed award. Mr Heazlewood said Bond did not have much success when she was first shown as a heifer, but he was sure she had potential. ''She was shown as a heifer, but she never quite made it and I always thought she was one that would make a good cow, so I decided to bring her out again this year,'' he said. The cow was bred at Mr Heazlewood's Platinum Angus Stud at Forest, which he established in 2003 and now runs about 40 stud cows. Shown with her 6½-month-old bull calf at foot, Bond will be one to watch at this week's Royal Launceston Show. ''If they look all right as young calves they normally keep going like that,'' Mr Heazlewood said. He said after this week's Launceston Show, he would bring his show team out again later in the season.
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