Congratulations to the McWilliam family of Te Taumata Hereford Stud, Masterton.
With their impressive, well grown junior bull entry, top Hereford honours went to the Wairarapa stud at the recent 2013 NZ Royal Show, held at Manfeild Park, Feilding.
Australian Hereford breeder, Peter Sykes from the Mawarra Stud in Victoria, in his role as Senior Hereford Judge, and Associate Judge, Ross Paterson from the Waikaka Hereford Stud in Southland, took no time in determining Te Taumata Avalanche 12520 (renamed Deluxe 12520) was to be the recipient of the 2013 Supreme Champion Hereford title.
Avalanche (Deluxe) is to be retained by the Te Taumata Stud for their own herd breeding purposes.
Speaking on their selection, Judge Peter Sykes remarked that "the Supreme Champion Bull was a great representative of the breed, the type of bull the industry is looking for with his carcase attributes, softness, weight for age and structural soundness”. Avalanche (Deluxe 12520) is to be retained by the Te Taumata Stud for own herd breeding purposes.
The McWilliam family had a very rewarding day in the Hereford show ring with their yearling heifer, Te Taumata Willdale 371-12479 also placed first from a very strong lineup of Hereford heifers. The Junior Champion Female stood out for her “softness, volume, depth and femininity" said the judges.
Reserve Champion Hereford and Senior Champion Cow, Miss Brit 355 exhibited by Willowspring Hereford Stud, Otorohanga appealed to the Hereford judges with her “overall capacity, femininity, soundness and near perfect udder." Miss Brit also presented well in the Beef All Breeds and Beef Interbreeds, being placed first and second in the respective Champion Cow classes.
Associate Judge, Ross Paterson from the Waikaka Hereford stud of Gore commented on the strong line-up of Herefords at the show, the biggest lineup of all beef breeds present there. In particular, the yearling bull and heifer classes had upwards of ten animals in a class – “there was an animal to suit most if not all breeding programs”. He added “it was good to see a strong class of cows with calves at foot; this is the backbone of the industry”.
Senior Hereford Judge, Mawarra stud master, Peter Sykes concluded… "I enjoyed presiding over the tremendous showing of Hereford exhibits and being a member of the Interbreed and All-Breeds panel. My thanks go to the Royal A&P Society and NZ Herefords for the invitation to judge and also the hospitality at the show. Thanks to Ross Paterson for his assistance during the judging, I enjoyed working with him."
In the Young Handlers competition, Hereford youth certainly made the breed proud. In the intermediate section, young Anna Robbie was placed first and Sophie Langtry third. In the senior competition, Hannah Gibb continued on with her Future Beef winning form, and took first place in the senior handler grade.