Boonaroo Angus Champion 2018 Beef Week Heifer Challenge

The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) named Boonaroo Angus Heifer Challenge Champion for 2018 at a prestigious celebration in Bendigo on February 8, following nine days of on-farm judging.

The Corndale located stud in Western Victoria, owned by Shane and Jodie Foster was selected from the 45 entered properties to be awarded the honour and a $3,000 cash prize. This was the second time Boonaroo had won this championship.

A cattle judge of 30 years experience and previous long-term entrant, Malcolm Cock, Agriculture Victoria BetterBeef Coordinator was welcomed as this year's competition judge, travelling more than 6,000km to judge studs across Victoria and into New South Wales from Monday 29 January - Tuesday 6 February 2018.

Mr Cock, speaking at the presentation, said the calibre of entries was once again outstanding.

"I would like to acknowledge RASV and Beef Week initiative of running an informative competition that gives stud beef producers an opportunity to "benchmark" their breeding and marketing on their home ground," said Mr Cock.

"It has been a pleasure and honour to be judging so many great pens of heifers of many different breeds and to discuss them with their breeders.

The vast majority of the heifers were very sound cattle and a real credit to the breeders. This made it difficult to separate the ten finalists.

Congratulations to all associated with the RASV Heifer Challenge 2018."

As one of the many programs RASV conducts throughout the year to highlight quality production in agrifood and fibre, the Heifer Challenge recognises excellence in herd replacement females in seed stock operation throughout Victoria and into NSW.

2018 Reserve Champion, including a $1500 cash prize was also awarded to Mount William Charolais at the presentation dinner last night, along with eight finalists.

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.

For more information, visit rasv.com.au and follow RASV on Twitter @RAS_Vic.

2018 RASV HEIFER CHALLENGE RESULTS

Champion 422 Boonaroo Angus, Corndale, VIC

Reserve Champion 558 Mount William Charolais, Willaura, VIC

Finalists 460 Pathfinder Angus, Nick and Sara Moyle, Gazette, VIC
280 Table Top Angus, Tim and Jessica Scott, Table Top, NSW
606 Adameluca Angus, Sam Trovatello, Kyneton South, VIC
960 Rangan Charolais, Graeme Cook, Charleroi, VIC
908 Bellaspur Angus, Brenton Sessions, Balmattum, VIC
925 Connamara Angus, Michael and Olga Hill, Ruffy, VIC
190 Wormbete Simmentals, John and Nicole Hopkins, Illabo, NSW
270 Ravensdale Hereford, Brian Burgess & Simon Ward, Holbrook, NSW

2018 Heifer Challenge The 10 finalists in the RASV Beef Week Heifer Challenge.
2018 Heifer Challenge RASV president Matt Coleman, Jodi and Shane Foster of Boonaroo Angus and judge Malcolm Cock.