Meldon Park go back to back in Simmental

Ekka 2018 - Meldon Park take out top Simmental gong


Ekka 2018 News
John Pocock and John Iseppi, Ellendale Red Simmental, Lowood, with Andrew Meara, Elders, and Bec and Lis Skene, Dalby, with Grand Champion Bull Meldon Park Matador.

John Pocock and John Iseppi, Ellendale Red Simmental, Lowood, with Andrew Meara, Elders, and Bec and Lis Skene, Dalby, with Grand Champion Bull Meldon Park Matador.

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Meldon Park Matador has made it back to back Grand Champion Bull wins with victory on Thursday.

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For the second year running, Meldon Park Matador from Rod and Lis Skene, Meldon Park, Dalby, has been named grand champion Simmental bull. 

Jane Dockrill, Clovass, with Junior Champion Bull Springside Nash from Peter and Toni Rauchle, Pittsworth.

Jane Dockrill, Clovass, with Junior Champion Bull Springside Nash from Peter and Toni Rauchle, Pittsworth.

Matador won the prize as a junior in 2017 and returned this year as a senior to successfully defend his crown. 

The bull weighed in at 1002 kilograms with an EMA of 137cm sq. 

He averaged a daily gain of 1.29kg and had a P8/Rib fat depth of 17/12mm. 

Owner Lis Skene praised the bull for his back to back success. 

“We very really pleased with last years win as a junior, to come back and win again is fantastic,” she said.

“His smoothness and the way he walks as well sets him apart. He has the ability to lay fat and maintain good muscle and he has strong EMA scores.”

Judge Peter Collins, Merridale Angus, Tennyson, Northern Victoria, found little to fault in the Meldon Park bull.

“He is a very long, smooth and correct animal that can really walk and maintains great muscularity,” he said. 

Matador was sired by Lucrana General, from Andrew and Karen Moore, Lucrana Simmentals, Texas. His dam was Meldon Park D230. 

Last week’s show will be his last for Meldon Park, as he is prepared for sale in late September.

The Skene’s prize bull then went on to compete with the champion female Ellendale Red Supermodel, Ellendale Red SImmentals, in the Champion of Champions pair competition on Friday, in which they were named overall champions.

Reserve senior bull was awarded to Savannah Mississippi from the Savannah Cattle Company, Oaklands Park, South Australia. 

Savannah Mississippi is two years old and weighed in at 1030kg, with an EMA of 139sq cm.

Junior Champion Bull was taken out by Springside Nash, a bull from Peter and Toni Rauchle, Springside Simmentals, Springside. 

Born in February 2017, Springside Nash weighed in at 678kg and possesses an EMA of 105sq centimetres. 

In reserve position for the juniors was Ellendale Stylish Addiction, a 12-month-old bull from the Iseppi and Pocock famlies at Ellendale Red Simmentals, Lowood. 

Born in August 2017, Stylish Addiction weighed in at 602kg with an EMA of 104sq centimetres. 

Judge Peter Collins said that he was impressed with the versatility and marketability of the cattle on show. 

“Both the young females and the young bulls have tremendous potential and a big future. 

“Simmental in Queensland has a big future and a very important role to play. These animals will really excel across such a wide variety of industries. 

“As we see today, we are achieving very sound, well presented cattle and all the exhibitors can be very proud of their animals and of the champions here today,” he said. 

Mr Collins, an Angus stud breeder from Northern Victoria, returned as an adjudicator to the Royal Queensland Show for his second time. 

His stud, Merridale Angus has produced Interbreed Champions at the Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide shows. 

He also resided over the Blonde d’Aquitaine and Simbrah competitions at this year’s show. 

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