An Australian Lowline bull and Ausline cow have won the top honours in the small breeds interbreed judging at the Royal Queensland Show on Friday.
Lik Lik Notorius, an Australian Lowline by Kougari Gigolo (AI) from Lik Lik Jelina, was presented by Jacqui Schiller, Cambooya, and claimed the interbreed champion bull ribbon.
He had plenty of size for 25 months of age, weighing 596kg with an eye muscle area of 88sq cm.
Lik Lik Notorious was also named senior bull and senior champion bull in his class.
Phil LaBrie, Jandowae, took the prize for interbreed champion cow or heifer with the rising three-year-old Jinghi Gully Evanilla, a well-built daughter of Alto Highlander and Kobblevale Isla.
Bonnie Morrison, Lockyer Valley, was thankful for friendly persuasion which led to a stunning triumph in her Ekka debut earlier this month.
Featuring in the stud beef cattle small breed section, Ms Morrison grabbed a maiden Ekka win with Romani Liberty (Min) ROM L6 in Miniature Galloways and Belted Galloways class for cow or heifer.
Liberty was then named champion cow or heifer in the category and grand champion exhibit by highly-respected judge Lucy Newham, Cowra, NSW.
Ms Newham, who was once co-principal of Pandora Murray Grey stud, has been assessing stud and commercial cattle for more than 40 years, including interstate and international duties.
"This cow is an exceptional individual," Ms Newham said.
"She has good length, her topline is very hard to fault and her general structure is first rate. In my opinion, cows are the most important cog in the production system and this one will go and produce outstanding calves."
Liberty is a daughter of Gunadoo Robbie Of Glenfillan (Min) and Romani Hallelujah (Min).
For Ms Morrison, the win was an unexpected pleasure driven by a conversation she had with a close friend.
"Coming to the Ekka has been something I have been meaning to do for a long time," she said.
"We've been around the circuit, like shows at Ipswich, Toowoomba, Kalbar and Lowood and this year a friend, who is doing all the fitting for me, breeds Santas and has been coming here for years. We got to talking and she convinced to come.
"I thought the bull she was up against was slightly bigger and often the judges will go for the bull over the cow.
"She is an ideal cow for my purposes. I have gone for slightly smaller animals. I breed for lifestyle acreage, if I could put it that way, because I have a small property and I go for something colourful, which is why I chose the Galloway breed.
"They have so many colours in them, like the whites with red ears, and the whites with the blacks and I breed them for people who want a bit of eye candy in their back paddock."
Ms Morrison started breeding Galloways about six years ago.
"I decided I wanted a little bit of colour so I bought mini-Herefords and then I saw the miniature Galloways. There's a not a lot of them and it took time to find the ideal colours," she said.
Other winners included Ausline heifer Vitulus Perfection and junior bull Vitulus Perfect Score; Dexter cow or heifer Mourylani Perla and bull Mourylani Paysmaker, PEND, which also claimed the grand champion exhibit in his class and Australian Lowline junior heifer Pittsworth PC presented by Remy Barron, Kumbia.