It was a two-way battle in the Angus ring as NSW and Queensland breeders went head to head for the ultimate grand championship accolades.
At the completion of the judging when Andrew Mackay, Merawah, Boggabilla, NSW finished his commentary it was NSW exhibitors who claimed the grand championship awards.
Mr Mackay set his judging criteria at the start of the competition, saying he would be looking for structural animals that would survive and thrive in harsh conditions.
Regular exhibitors Greg and Sharon Fuller, and daughter Christie Kennedy, Pine Creek Angus, Cowra, NSW claimed the grand champion bull with Pine Creek Newsman, Pine Creek Angus, Cowra, NSW.
Newsman had earlier won the junior bull award, and he impressed Mr Mackay.
“I am looking for a combination of structural soundess, carcase qualities and growth for age, and this bull has it all,” Mr Mackay said.
Pine Creek Newsman weighed in at 858kg, and has a daily weight gain of 1.48kg and eye muscle area of 127 square cemtimetres.
Other previous success for Newsman included earlier this year at Beef 2018 when he was placed first in the 12 to 14 month bull class, and he was placed second in the same class at the Sydney Royal Show. He represents home-bred Pine Creek bloodlines, and is by Pine Creek Kodiak J157 (AI) from Pine Creek 94S Initiative.
Newsman will go to Adelaide and Melbourne shows and is earmarked for the 100-year Angus feature show at the Sydney Royal next year.
The grand champion female was Mundoo Leah, exhibited by Grant and Jo Watts, Glencoe, NSW.
A very feminine female who was exhibited with a bull calf at foot, Mundoo Leah was earlier sashed senior champion female.
A two-year-old female, Mundoo Leah is by the home-bred sire Mundoo Jaguar, from the Leah female family.
Stephen Hayward and Kellie Smith, K5X Angus, Allora exhibited the senior champion bull, K5X Masterplan M47.
K5X Masterplan, with a weight of 1084kg and an EMA of 138sq cm, was described by Mr Mackay as a powerhouse bull.
“He certainly has plenty of power and performance and an impressive eye muscle area,” Mr Mackay said.
Reserve senior champion bull was awarded to Acacia Magnus, exhibited by the Acacia Angus Stud, Killarney.
The Perrett family’s Glenrae Pastoral Company, Kingaroy took home four broad ribbons. They exhibited the junior champion female, Bowenfels Jedda’s Pride, and the reserve junior champion female, Bowenfels Miss Kodiak N17. Other successes included reserve junior champion bull with Bowenfels Cobar, and the reserve senior champion female with Bowenfels Special Steel.