Simmental females excite on the Ekka main stage

Ekka 2018- Simmental females impressive as Ellendale win big


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A round up of the female Simmental judging at the Ekka on Thursday.

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The outstanding quality of females on display was the main talking point at the Simmental stud cattle judging last Thursday, with judge Peter Collins, Merridale Angus, Tennyson, full of praise for the entire competing class.

Andrew Meara, John Pocock, Julie Iseppi-Pocock and Travis Iseppi, with the grand champion female.

Andrew Meara, John Pocock, Julie Iseppi-Pocock and Travis Iseppi, with the grand champion female.

In the juniors, Elite Whammy N105 from Glen Waldron and Kim Groner, Elite Cattle Co, Meandarra, took out junior champion heifer.

Meanwhile Savannah Casey N8 from Karina and Karly Crisp, Double K Simmentals, Stanthorpe took the reserve junior champion heifer prize. 

Of the pair, Mr Collins said the breed could look forward to exciting times with young cattle of that quality being exhibited. 

“The Simmental is in very good hands,” he said.

“To see young heifers like this pair come through is very encouraging.”

In the senior judging, Elite Black Opal L107, Elite Cattle Co, was awarded reserve senior champion female. 

She was beaten to the grand champion title by Ellendale Red Supermodel, a three year old, second-calf cow from Travis Iseppi and Julie Pocock-Iseppi, Ellendale Red Simmentals, Lowood. 

Born in January 2015, the winning cow was sired by Ankonian Red Ceasar and from the dam Ellendale 520E Sweet Karamel. 

Red Supermodel went on to become the Champion of Champions female in the interbreed competition on Friday, and was part of the Champion of Champions pair, which also claimed victory. It was the first time a Simmental pairing had achieved the feat.

Speaking at the Simmental judging, Julie Iseppi said the win was very rewarding for the family. 

“We are over the moon,” she said.

“She hasn’t been shown a whole lot because she has been at home working hard with two calves on the ground and another on the way.

“She is just a very good example of the female breed and fits very well within our program.”

Judge Peter Collins described the cow as an extremely worthy winner, and tipped her as a real threat in the interbreed competition. 

“She has a great udder, a fantastic depth of body with an exceptional bull calf at foot,” he said.

“She is the complete package.”

Audrey Torrielli, Hidden Valley Simmental Stud, Sunshine Coast, was associate judge.

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