Cloned bull's son The Sundance Kid takes Roma trophy

Moongool Charolais clone's progeny wins supreme exhibit in Roma


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IN THE GENES: Champion exhibit Moongool The Sundance Kid with stud principal Ivan Price, and judges Claire York, Scott Freeman and Sally Wilson Sweetland. Photo: Jane Lowe.

IN THE GENES: Champion exhibit Moongool The Sundance Kid with stud principal Ivan Price, and judges Claire York, Scott Freeman and Sally Wilson Sweetland. Photo: Jane Lowe.

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Moongool Charolais has taken out the supreme cattle exhibit at the Roma Show, with a bull named The Sundance Kid.

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The son of a cloned bull has taken out the supreme cattle exhibit at this year's Roma Show.

Moongool Charolais, Yuleba, put forward 17-month-old, 850kg The Sundance Kid, who was named interbreed champion bull before going on to take the top honours.

The Sundance Kid was sired by Moongool Sundance, cloned four years ago from Minnie Vale Sundance.

Moongool Sundance was the first ever Charolais bull clone and The Sundance Kid is the first of his progeny to be shown.

Stud principal Ivan Price said it was a great result for The Sundance Kid, who they plan to take to the Ekka for his second outing before he's sold in their on-property spring bull sale.

"I find he shows a lot of sire's presence... he's very well muscled and he stands on nice legs," he said.

"Cloning is quite expensive, it's probably about $15,000 to get the clone on the ground.

"It's not really risky though... if the animal bred well before, you know it's going to breed well again as a clone.

"It's some 18 years since I showed the first of the Sundance progeny."

The stud also took out the champion interbreed female with Moongool Thyphena 9, who last year won interbreed champion female at Beef Australia.

"Her first calf was shown on the day as well and was the reserve champion junior bull alongside The Sundance Kid," Mr Price said.

Cattle steward Matt Ahern said there were 100 head of cattle entered in the section this year.

"It was down a bit due to the season but we're still pretty happy with it," he said.

"There certainly wasn't a lack of quality in the numbers and Moongool put up great entries.

"Their wins were very well-deserved."

The hotly contested led steers section, which included 20 entries, was won by Anthony O'Dwyer, Dalby.

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