Boonaroo Angus named 2016 RASV Heifer Challenge Champion

Chief judge Bob Dent records details from Boonaroo’s Jodie Foster Chief judge Bob Dent records details from Boonaroo’s Jodie Foster

After being named a finalist last year, Boonaroo Angus of Corndale in South West Victoria has stepped up to take the title of 2016 Champion in The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) Heifer Challenge, as part of the 25th annual Stock & Land Beef Week.

The 3800 acre farm located near Hamilton, run by owners Shane and Jodie Foster, has been in operation for over 12 years and also produces prime lamb sheep.

Experienced cattle judge Bob Dent, who has previously presided over competitions in USA, NZ and Brazil as well as all mainland states of Australia, awarded the prestigious honour and $3000 cash prize to the Angus stud, after almost two weeks of judging herds from close to 50 properties across Victoria and NSW.

RASV CEO Mark O’Sullivan said the Heifer Challenge highlights the quality of the herd replacement females in seed stock operation throughout the regions and the calibre of competition in 2016 was outstanding.

"Congratulations to Boonaroo on being named Champion in 2016, from a high calibre list of entered properties. Being a finalist last year and now taking the top title is evidence of Boonaroo’s consistent quality and commitment to improving their cattle, property and operations," said Mr O’Sullivan.

"RASV is committed to supporting regional and on-farm events, which complement the full schedule of livestock competitions held during the Royal Melbourne Show."

Sample of Boonaroo heifers entered in the Heifer Challenge competition Sample of Boonaroo heifers entered in the Heifer Challenge competition

Five of the ten 2016 finalists were also named in the top ten in 2015, including Reserve Champion Eloora Shorthorns, of Bulart, who received a $1500 cash prize as part of presentations during the Beef Week Celebratory Dinner at Silks in Bendigo on Friday 5 February.

Mr Dent, speaking after the completion of judging, said he was impressed with the high standard of competition due to the quality of entered herds.

"The standard of entries was a credit to the breeders. Most of the teams were highly productive, maternal and well grown heifers."

With over 50 entries in 2016, the Heifer Challenge recognises excellence in herd replacement females in seed stock operation throughout the region, with participants required to display pens of 10 registered heifers for judging, which took place over nine days from Wednesday 27th January to Thursday 4 February, 2016.

Run by Stud Beef Victoria, Stock & Land Beef Week provides more than 200 beef producers with a unique opportunity to market, showcase and select genetics for breeding operations.

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2016 RASV Heifer Challenge results

Champion: Boonaroo Angus, Corndale Vic- Shane and Jodie Foster

Reserve Champion: Eloora Shorthorns, Hamilton, Vic- Ray Brook

Finalists:

  • Black Aqua Angus, Myrhee Vic – Josh Trimble
  • Castle Brangus, Euroa Victoria – Maurice and Michael Bush
  • Huon Charolais, Jindera NSW – David Gray
  • Newcomen Herefords, Ensay, Vic – Barry Newcomen
  • Pathfinder Angus, Gazette, Vic- Nick and Sara Moyle
  • Weeran Angus, Byaduk Vic – Alec and Jo Moore
  • Witherswood Angus, Glenrowan, Vic – John and Joan Woodruff
  • Wormbete Simmental, Illabo, NSW- John and Nicole Hopkins.

Source: RASV