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TAS Country : October 14th 2010
16 Friday, Octo Show season Royal Launceston Show GIANT GELBVIEH: Handler Tim Dobson leads the 998kg Gelbvieh Tasmania Macquarie Dekal, named Champion Senior Interbreed Bull. European breed weighs in with hefty awards GELBVIEHS are not a common breed in Tasmania, but they made their presence felt at this year's Royal Launceston Show, picking up some major interbreed awards. The Dobson family's Gelbviehs Tasmania won this year's Senior Interbreed Bull award during last week's judging. The massive 998kg bull Gelbvieh Tasmania Macquarie Dekal was sashed the Senior Champion. Reserve Champion went to a 982kg bull from Heath and Samantha Dobson's Pine Park Charolais stud, and third went to an Angus bull from the Hall family's Quarterway Angus stud. Commenting on the class, judge Gavin O'Brien said there was plenty to like about the big bull. ''This bull has the whole package, he's very good through the front and he's got plenty of muscle when you get behind him,'' Mr O'Brien said. ''He's got fantastic testicle development and a great temperament, a kind eye and excellent feet.'' Tim Dobson said the 26-month- old bull had been shown last year and came third in the interbreed section. Last year was the first time the Dobsons had shown Gelbviehs for about 11 years. The family has about 20 females in their stud. Mr Dobson said they had decided to start exhibiting their cattle to promote the Gelbvieh breed across the state. ''There are quite a few of them on the mainland,'' Mr Dobson said. ''We just thought it would be a good chance to push the Euro cattle a bit more.'' STAR OF THE SHOW: Mitchell Clarke with Shangri La Eisenhower, which was named Supreme Champion Bull at last w Supreme Shangri La WHAT A SHOWGIRL: Mitchell Clarke with the champion Junior Interbreed Heifer, Shangri La Moonshine E049. Reports, pictures: KAROLIN MacGREGOR POLL Hereford breeders the Clarke family added more interbreed broad ribbons to their already impressive collection at last week's Royal Launceston Show. Cattle from the family's Shangri La Poll Hereford stud got off to a great start by winning both the Sires Progeny Group of Two class and the Junior Group of Three, as well as the Junior Interbreed Heifer and Junior Interbreed Bull awards. Judging this year's interbreed classes were Gavin O'Brien, from Orange in New South Wales; Erin Smith, from Lancefield, in Victoria; and well-known Tasmanian Hereford breeder Keith McLauchlan, from the Valma stud. The winning heifer was 16-month-old Shangri La Moonshine E049. Commenting on the class, Mr McLauchlan said the heifer had been hard to miss. ''This heifer really stood out every time she has walked into the ring,'' he said. Reserve Champion went to a heifer from the Badger View Limousin stud, and third to a heifer from Gelbvieh Tasmania. In the Junior Bull class, it was 18-month-old Shangri La Eisenhower that was sashed Interbreed Champion. Second place went to a Charolais bull from Heath and Samantha Dobson's Pine Park stud, and third place was taken out by a Hereford bull also from Shangri La. Eisenhower impressed all three judges and went on to be awarded the Supreme Champion Bull title. Commenting after the junior bull class, Mr McLauchlan said the bull had a lot to offer the breed. ''He's a very long bull, very strong and has a lot of depth through him,'' he said. ''When you look at the muscle pattern this bull has, you can see he's ideal for this business.'' Ms Smith agreed, and after sashing him Supreme Champion said the bull had a long future ahead of him. Eisenhower then went on to take out the beef section's biggest award, the Supreme Champion Exhibit. After the judging was completed, Gary Clarke was finding it difficult to keep the smile off his face. ''It's been a pretty good show,'' he said. Mr Clarke said both of his winning young stock had been bred out of well- performed show cows that were passing on their winning genetics. The Clarkes run about 150 cows in their stud at their East Ridgley property in the state's North-West. Mr Clarke said choosing the right genetic combinations each year was a constant challenge in stud breeding, but one he enjoyed. ''It does take a lot of time and a lot of looking though figures, but that's what it's all about,'' he said. Mr Clarke said he liked showing because it enabled him to compare their cattle with others of the same breed and also against different breeds. ''You never stop learning and there's always something you'd like to improve on with your cattle, and showing is a good way to see how they stack up,'' he said. ''You might think you're doing all right, but if you come out and think yours are the best I think you're kidding yourself because there are always better cattle somewhere, so you just try to keep improving.'' 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