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TAS Country : October 28th 2010
16 Friday, Octob Royal Hobart Show Reports, pictures: Jennifer Crawley PRIDE: Narelle Webberley and the Supreme Champion Ram, a White Suffolk called Toff. Toff steals the show NARELLE Webberley, of Brighton, took out the 2010 Royal Agricultural Society's Supreme Champion Ram award with her White Suffolk, Toff. Toff was born in June last year on the Webberleys' 245ha Rodbourn Stud at Brighton. The family run a White Suffolk stud and prime lamb enterprise plus a Poll Dorset stud. They run 150 stud ewes and 300 flock ewes for fat lamb breeding. They are conducting an on-property sale on November 26, with 38 Poll Dorsets and 27 White Suffolk rams including the champion Toff up for sale. ''Prices on the mainland are good and fat lamb prices are holding up,'' Narelle said. ''We just hope that flock lamb continues to be good.'' Narelle and her husbandBrendan have been running the family property for the past 12 years. CHAMPIONS: Gemma Furley, left, and Shannon Townsend with Alex Townsend's Poll Hereford cow and calf. Alex enjoys back-to-back wins THE sea air has not harmed Alex Townsend's cattle. Mr Townsend moved to Tinderbox south of Hobart from Osmaston near Deloraine in May, and his Poll Hereford cow and calf won the Supreme Champion Beef Exhibit at the 2010 Royal Hobart Show. The cow was number one in the Supreme Champion Beef Female category. And a young bull from the Townsend farm took out the 2010 Royal Hobart Show Champion Junior Beef award. It is the second year in a row the Poll Hereford cow has been crowned Supreme Champion. Mr Townsend has been breeding Poll Herefords for eight years and Horned Herefords for 10 years. He said he learned about cattle by operating a commercial cattle livestock transport business for many years. Mr Townsend's daughter Shannon and her friend Gemma Furley were handlers at the show. Judges Burnett Joyce, from Queensland, and Tom Honner, from South Australia, own commercial cattle operations. Both talked about cattle being over- prepared for shows. Mr Townsend's winning cow was taken out of the paddock the day before the show, yarded overnight, then driven to the showgrounds with her calf. ''I was surprised she won,'' Mr Townsend said. Meanwhile, the Supreme Champion Cow is back on the sloping seaside paddocks of Tinderbox Farm. ''She'll just toddle on for next year and have another one [calf],'' Mr Townsend said. ''Hopefully I'll get a decent bull calf out of her.'' STAR IN THE MAKING: Samantha Cables shows Champion Junior Beef Female Shangri La Waratah. Trip down South reaps two prizes GARY and Pat Clark, of Ridgley, came away from the 2010 Royal Hobart Agricultural Show with a couple of interbreed prizes. The Clarks won Champion Junior Beef Female with Shangri La Waratah, and Champion Junior Beef Bull with Shangri La Eisenhower. The couple run Hereford and Poll Hereford cattle on their 243ha North-West Coast property. ''They class me as a northerner,'' Gary said. He was one of only a few exhibitors from the northern part of the state to travel to Hobart. The Clarks have been coming to Hobart for many years, but were stopped for the first time last year by a big storm that blew down a large number of trees. ''We sell quite a few bulls down South,'' Gary said. ''It's a good marketing exercise for us.'' The Clarks hold an on-farm sale in the autumn and in the spring, Gary has 150 cows plus the followers. Pat helps on the farm. They also crop potatoes and have planted a paddock of poppies for the first time after a long break. The cow and hay sheds are home to the ribbons and sashes won over 30 years of showing cattle. Handler Samantha Cables shows the Clarks' cattle. She learned handling when she attended Sheffield High school. Samantha is currently studying agriculture science. Champion bull no fan of Hobart wat CHRIS Best won the Grand Champion Supreme Bull with Pleasant Vale Cougar at the 2010 Royal Hobart Show. However, the day after his success, Chris feared he was going to lose the Angus bull with a bad case of the scours. The Show Society veterinary doctor who attended the animal said the chlorinated Hobart water was the cause of the bull's ailment. The bull and Chris are happily back on the family property at Deloraine. Six generations of Bests have lived on the 160ha family farm, one of the first freehold grants in Tasmania. A builder by trade, Chris is renovating the original farmhouse, which was He went back to the farm full ago to start his Pleasant Vale stu ''One of my sons wanted to be Chris, who has encouraged his complete apprenticeships befor decision about farming. Chris will have 70 calves this of 180 Angus cattle. ''It's pretty rewarding buildin trying to put your name out the All the bulls have been sold. He said many Pleasant Vale s result of attending shows. NO-S BIG Cham JENNIFER CRAWLEY EMPTY cattle stalls at this year's Royal Hobart Agricultural Show were a sad sign of the times, say the state's cattle producers. Only 17 beef cattle exhibitors and one dairy cattle exhibitor took up space in the normally bustling, noisy, packed beef and dairy pavilions this year. The farmers all had the same complaint --- there is not enough reward for showing. Alex Townsend, of Tinderbox, said he was disappointed with the amount winners received and the trophies. Mr Townsend said showing was a lot of work, a lot of cost and exhibitors ''were all getting older''. ''If you go to Melbourne and win Grand Champion you win $1000 for all the breeds and really nice trophies,'' he said. ''The trophies down here are shameful. It doesn't attract anyone young to have go.'' Mr Townsend said he was looking at taking a team to Victoria. ''You get recognised there if you happen to get up into winners,'' he said. ''There are more agents and as soon as they spot something they start marketing there and then.'' Gary Clark, of Ridgley, said the lack of northern participation was a sign of the times. ''A lot of breeders we show against are getting older or haven't got the time, plus it's a substantial cost to bring cattle down [to Hobart],'' he said. ''You're a week away when you're busy trying to get spud ground ready.'' Charolais breeder Neville Fenton, of Moogara, said only a handful of loyal exhibitors were left in the South. He said most breeds were
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