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TAS Country : October 27th 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011 Tasmanian Country 13 News Royal Hobart Show Perfectly Equipped for success IMPRESSIVE: Dennagal Equip with Cheryl Tapp. DENNAGAL Equip, a new arrival at the Cheralton Park Santa Gertrudis stud, has earned a swag of broad ribbons for his owner Cheryl Tapp. The 26-month-old bull ar- rived in the state about three weeks ago and made an impressive Tasmanian show ring debut at last week's Royal Hobart Show. After winning his breed classes, Equip went on to be named Champion Inter- breed Senior Bull. Interbreed judge John Bell said he was impressed by the bull's width, es- pecially through the chest. ''This bull really stands out and he's got very good width, particularly for a Santa bull,'' he said. Equip weighs about 748kg. Ms Tapp said she bought the bull sight-unseen from a stud sale at Taree. ''He won Junior Cham- pion at the Sydney Royal and I knew his bloodlines, so I thought he would be a really nice bull,'' she said. ''I was absolutely thrilled when he walked off the truck.'' Ms Tapp has been in- terested in Santa Gertrudis cattle for many years, and started her own stud 13 years ago. She now has about 10 registered cattle. Equip has already been out with some cows, and Ms Tapp said she was looking forward to seeing what he produces. ''I wanted something that was quiet and already broken in,'' she said. ''I have some quite strong females, so I'm hop- ing he will add a bit more softness and femininity to them. He's a really good mix for my females and he's just such a nice bull.'' King of the mild Frontier HEAVY HITTER: Hollow Point Frontier with owner and breeder Alex Townsend. KAROLIN MacGREGOR POLL Hereford bull Hol- low Point Frontier added more broad ribbons to his collection at last week's Royal Hobart Show. The 15-month-old bull won the Champion Inter- breed Junior Bull award, before being sashed Grand Champion Bull during Thursday's interbreed classes. Bred and owned by Alex Townsend at Tinderbox, Frontier recently returned from the Royal Melbourne Show, where he won the Champion Junior Bull and Grand Champion Poll Hereford awards. Weighing in at 788kg, Frontier has a daily weight gain of about 1.77kg. Judge Rob Sinnamon said Frontier was exactly what the beef industry was looking for. ''This bull is exceptional in terms of his perform- ance,'' he said. ''His daily weight gains would be at the top end of any bull anywhere in the country. He's an outstanding exam- ple of the Poll Hereford breed.'' Mr Townsend said that sort of performance was what he expected in his cattle. ''I expect them to per- form and any that don't have to go,'' he said. ''I'm pretty tough on them, but I think in this game you have to be.'' Frontier was sired by Red Hill Royalty and has an eye muscle area of about 113 square centimetres. Mr Townsend has been breeding Poll Herefords at the Hollow Point stud on his property at Tinderbox for about 10 years. ''I used to drive trucks up the Lakes country and I saw them all the time up there and that's where I fell in love with them,'' he said. Mr Townsend normally runs 60-80 cattle. CHAMP: Helen White with Tarraganda SC Fancy Pants. Shorthorn heifer impresses judges SHORTHORN heifer Tar- raganda SC Fancy Pants proved the one to beat during the Champion In- terbreed Junior Beef Fe- male class at this year's Royal Hobart Show. Owned by Helen White and Wayne Davidson from Cherry Tree Shorthorns, the heifer came up against some strong competition in the interbreed class, but impressed all three judges. Judge Rob Cinnamon from Queensland said the depth of quality in the class was impressive. ''We've got a heifer here that appealed to me be- cause of her growth for age, and also because of her femininity,'' he said. ''She's got a great out- look and she's what were looking for in a quality female.'' The 11-month-old heifer was bought by the couple at this year's Shorthorn show and sale at Dubbo in June. Ms White said they had actually bought Fancy Pants as a companion for another heifer they had purchased at the sale for the trip home. ''In those few months since we got her home she has just bloomed,'' Ms Wh- ite said. Fancy Pants also won the reserve champion in- terbreed award at the Launceston Show. The couple have 12 regis- tered cattle in their Cherry Tree stud at their property at Sorell. They have been breed- ing Shorthorns for about 11 years. I have always loved Shorthorns, but I showed Poll Herefords for years because that's what we had on the farm,'' Ms White said. ''We started with the Shorthorns about 11 years ago and I like them be- cause they're good com- mercial type cattle.'' More Show stories, Pages 16, 17 and 24 Fodder harvesting. We have you covered ... from start to finish 26 Trevor St ULVERSTONE TAS 7315 Phone: 03 64257191 Jim Rhodes 0407 887 859 or Anthony Maynard 0417 527 243 www.tasmania.claashc.com.au Finance from 0% pa* * Conditions apply
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