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TAS Country : December 2nd 2010
10 Tasmanian Country Friday, December 3, 2010 DEVONPORT SHOW 2010 Hat-trick an entree to success STAR: Cindy Coad with the Champion Interbreed Heifer Corinda Downs Entree. KAROLIN MacGREGOR She's wonderful from hip to pin, she walks well and she's got excellent growth for age.' SIMMENTAL heifer Corinda Downs Entree made it a hat-trick last weekend when she won her third consecutive interbreed title. The 15-month-old heifer is owned by Haylee Bennett and her partner Damian Hingston. After winning major interbreed awards at both the Burnie and Ulver- stone shows, the heifer also picked up the Champion Interbreed Heifer award at last week's Devonport Show. Judge Chris Taylor said the heifer was hard to fault. ''This is a very good heifer,'' he said. ''She's wonderful from hip to pin, she walks well and she's got excellent growth for age. She's just very hard to fault.'' Ms Bennett, who is new to showing, said she was thrilled with the heifer's performance at all three shows she has competed in. The heifer is part of the couple's small Damlee Simmental Stud, which they run on a property at Gawler in the state's North-West. Ms Bennett said her parents had always had Simmentals and they worked well in their cross-bred com- mercial herd. ''We run quite a few cross-bred cows and we like to use the Simmentals over them because we get the weight into the calves earlier,'' she said. The couple have about 15 registered cattle in their stud. ''We wanted to start breeding our own bulls, so we bought some stud cows in 2007 from Albury-Wodonga,'' Ms Bennett said. She said they bought the winning heifer when she was a calf from the Corinda Downs stud in South Australia. Simmentals can be a mixture of colours, including red and white and black and white. However, Ms Bennett said they were focusing on breeding more straight black-coloured cattle in their stud. The couple's winning heifer was shown and prepared by Cindy Coad. ''We couldn't have done it without Cindy,'' Ms Bennett said. High praise for best little mover Quasar BEST EVER: Champion interbreed senior bull Nova Peru with handler Damon Englund at the Devonport Show. KAROLIN MacGREGOR CAM Clements from the Nova Poll Hereford stud had plenty to smile about after winning the top beef award at last week's Devonport show. Two bulls from Mr Clements's stud won the champion interbreed senior and junior champion titles. Judge Rohan Hadley said the junior bull Nova Quasar ticked all the boxes and was the best bull he had seen during more than 20 years in the industry. ''I just can't fault him,'' he said. ''He's the best bull I've seen, and he's just rippling with softness.'' The 14-month-old bull beat Mr Cle- ments's senior bull Nova Peru to take out the supreme bull title. Commenting on the junior inter- breed bull class judge Chris Taylor from Hamilton in Victoria said: ''This is a very good young bull and is a clear winner. He's got a very strong spine and he's a nice deep-bodied bull, but he's also one of the best movers in the class when he parades around the ring.'' Mr Clements said he was thrilled to hear such positive comments about the bull, which he had bred at his small stud at East Ridgley. ''To hear someone like Rohan say he's the best bull he's seen is pretty high praise from someone who has been involved in the industry for so long,'' he said. The 700kg bull was sired by HF 4L Beyond. ''When you get results like this it makes it all worthwhile.'' Mr Clements said. His senior bull 24-month-old Nova Peru, weighing 1030kg, also earned high praise from judge Jake Taylor. ''He's a really well put together bull and he's got a lot of the qualities we're looking for in good bulls,'' he said. ''He's got the muscling, but the softness is there as well.'' Mr Clements run a small stud with a group of cows and hopes to eventually build up to about 30 registered females. Mr Clements said he aimed for quality not quantity when it came to his breeding program. ''I had 15 calves to choose from this year,'' he said. ''I put a lot of thought into which bulls I'm going to use with each cow because when you've only got a few cows, you have to get it right.'' Mr Clements said he would like to dedicate the wins at Devonport to the late Ian Walker, who inspired him with his passion for cattle breeding and had a significant influence on him when he first got into the stud breeding game. ''Keith and Anne McLauchlan have also been very good to me,'' he said. HIGH NOTE: Terry Connell with the Supreme Champion Interbreed Ram. Feature breed rams home advantage KAROLIN MacGREGOR HAMPSHIRE Downs were out in force at last week's Devonport Show, with more than 90 sheep exhibited during Friday's classes. For Hampshire breeders Terry and Jan Connell, the day finished on a high note when their ram won the Supreme Champion Interbreed Ram award. Hampshires were the show's feature breed this year and Mr Connell said it was pleasing to win against such a strong line-up of sheep. ''We don't have a very big stud, but sometimes you get the right sheep at the right time,'' he said. The Connells have about 18 registered ewes in their Valley View stud and have been breeding Hampshires for about 21 years. They run the sheep on their property at Cressy. ''I like to show here and this is by far the best show I've ever had here,'' Mr Connell said. ''There's a big number of Hampshires here this year, which is encouraging.'' He said the breed's popularity had increased in recent years as the market for prime lambs improved. ''A lot more people do seem to be using them now and that's been building over the last few years,'' Mr Connell said. Ten Hampshire Down exhibitors made the trip to the Devonport Show. The Connells' winning ram was 18 months old and weighed in at an impressive 130kg. The couple use artificial insemination in their breeding program. Mr Connell said this gave them access to a range of outside genetics, including rams from New Zealand. Most of the Valley View rams are sold privately and Mr Connell said he had received several inquiries at the show about ewes. The winning ram also won the Supreme Champion Hampshire Downs Exhibit, and the Connells' sheep also picked up the Sire's Progeny award.
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