Glenn Oaks Fitting Service holds its mini "Ekka" at Santa Central

Santa Central welcomes visitors to the mini "Ekka" judging and open day

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Grand and senior champion bull was the powerful Glenn Oaks Penfold (ET) (AI), a two-year-old son of Wave Hill Kilimanjaro from the exceptional breeding female Glenn Oaks Harmony H36. Picture Helen Walker.

Grand and senior champion bull was the powerful Glenn Oaks Penfold (ET) (AI), a two-year-old son of Wave Hill Kilimanjaro from the exceptional breeding female Glenn Oaks Harmony H36. Picture Helen Walker.

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Glenn Oaks Fitting Service open day and mini "Ekka" a huge success.

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Scott and Wendy Ferguson, Glenn Oaks Fitting Service, held a mini "Ekka comes to Clifton" open day and showing at Santa Central near Headingly Hill on Saturday.

Despite receiving 25 millimetres of much needed rain the day before, the wet boggy conditions could not dampen the enthusiasm of the Ferguson family and their staff, in putting on a great display of cattle and hospitality.

The intend of the day was to highlight the show and sale teams prepared by Glenn Oaks on behalf of their clients throughout the year.

More than 100 visitors representing the Santa Gertrudis faithful attended, with some NSW visitors taking up to three-and-a-half hours to cross the Boggabilla to Goondiwindi border - a mere seven kilometre journey.

Judge David Bassingthwaighte, Waco Santa Gertrudis Stud, Mungallala, sorted through the 100 head penned in the yards, including the 50 or so which should have been bound for competition at the Ekka.

Mr Bassingthwaighte selected the polled Glenn Oaks Penfold (ET) (AI), a two-year-old son of Wave Hill Kilimanjaro, from the exceptional breeding female Glenn Oaks Harmony H36 as his senior and grand champion bull.

Penfold exhibited by Scott and Wendy Ferguson, has a weight of 1054 kilograms, a daily weight gain of 1.40kg and a eye muscle area of 150 sq cm.

Successful flowed for the Glenn Oaks team, also securing the junior champion bull award with Glenn Oaks Quartermaine Q74 (P), a son of Goolagong Leopold L26.

The progeny of Glenn Oaks Harmony H36 excelled through the judging of the individual classes, and she is remembered as the grand champion Santa Gertrudis female at Beef 2015.

Junior champion female was Glenn Oakes Quintana Q37 (P), with senior and grand champion female Goolagong Pearl P168.

Junior champion female was Glenn Oakes Quintana Q37 (P), with senior and grand champion female Goolagong Pearl P168.

The senior and grand champion female was Goolagong Pearl P168, a daughter of Wave Hill Larikan L9 (P) exhibited by the Tiller family, HB Rural, Warnertown, South Australia.

The Ferguson family's Glenn Oaks Quintana Q37 was awarded junior champion female.

Mr Bassingthwiaghte praised all exhibitors for the depth of quality within the Santa Gertrudis breed.

"My grand champions were simply outstanding," Mr Bassingthwaighte said.

"The grand champion bull has an outstanding carcase type, with good fat cover and moves freely for such a powerful sirey bull.

"My grand champion female is full of breed characteristics, has great depth through the hindquarter and is also a big powerful cow."

Mr Bassingthwaighte said that while he has done alot of show judging, he really enjoyed this opportunity to judge at Santa Central.

"It was a great opportunity to judge my own breed, as usually at the shows we are exhibiting," he said.

Mr Ferguson said despite having to change the format of the program to accommodate the challenges the wet weather event gave them, they had been looking for rain for months and welcomed the 25mm downpour.

"Our oats crop certainly welcomed the downpour, and we worked the rest of the day around the rain," he said.

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