Royal Show 2009

Eamon Dean took home the heifer junior yearling title.

The future of the Hereford breed is in great hands if the performance of NZHA youth breeding members at the Royal Show is anything to go by. The NZ Young Beef Breeders handler and stock judging classes were fiercely contended by young Hereford breeders including several who are breeding members in their own right.

The highlight was Northland youth breeder Ben Burgess who won the overall stock judging title. To win this Ben first had to win the junior stock judging class – the overall title was contended between the winners of the junior and senior stock judging classes. Ben came out trumps to win the Shorthorn stock judging shield and $500 towards his attendance at the Royal Easter Show in Auckland next year.

Roz Stokes and Eamon Dean who had paired up earlier in the year to purchase a pair of in-calf heifers at Beef Expo, both exhibited cattle at the show and participated in the handlers and stock judging classes. One of the Expo purchased heifers was exhibited by Roz at the Royal.

Roz went on to be placed fifth in the senior handlers class and Eamon was placed third in the junior handlers class. Ben Burgess was fifth in the junior handlers class.

Also doing the breed proud was Hannah Knight, family friend of the Duncraigen Hereford stud. She was placed second in the junior handlers class as well as providing an extra pair of hands for the Robertson’s and their show team.

Brittany and Christopher Gibbs who travelled all the way from the Waikato with father Chris to help exhibit the Big River team also participated in the handler and stock judging classes.

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Hannah Knight in action at the Royal Show.

Christopher Gibbs, travelled all the way from the Waikato to help out his father and sister Brittany

Brittany Gibbs at the Royal Show.

Roz Stokes took along the in-calf heifer she purchased at Beef Expo earlier this year with calf at foot.

He’s still a rip snorter! Sire Lake B107 was judged supreme champion Hereford at the Royal Show and went on to win the Meat & Wool Cup by what is believed to be one of the biggest margins ever.

Lake Station Take Home the Royal Show Meat & Wool Cup

The Meat & Wool Cup was won by Hereford bull Lake B107 at the Royal Show 2009. The three year old sire bred by the McConochie family of Lake Station Herefords near Nelson won by a huge margin of 50 points.

To be eligible for the Meat & Wool Cup an animal first has to be judged the Supreme Champion of the breed. Hereford judges Peter Smyth, Na Puteputi and Mathew Paterson, Waikaka agreed Lake B107 was the deserved winner. “He is a big upstanding bull that showed the qualities I had been looking for during judging” says Peter.

Those qualities include good neck extension, good shoulders, sound legs and feet, length, good muscle pattern and thick across the loin. He is also a beautiful colour with good eye pigmentation. Peter said when the bull, affectionately known as TedEBear, was then a clear winner in the Meat & Wool Cup it reinforced his and Matthew’s decision.

“It was just about an unanimous decision in the the Meat & Wool Cup.” Rebecca McConochie said to win the Royal Show Meat & Wool Cup is rewarding particularly in the sense their breeding programme produced an animal worthy of the accolade. She acknowledged the family has never bred a bull like him before.

“Our breeding programme doesn’t aim for flyers like him. We want to produce a good line of commercial bulls, we breed for our clients,” she said. However she did say “a bull like him shows that our breeding programme is coming together.” Rebecca described TedEBear as the “number one bull on Lake Station.” “He is our main herd sire. He’s exactly what we have been trying to breed, in terms of growth etc, for our programme of getting steers to finish at 300kg CW.”

Keeping the qualities in mind that Peter was looking for he commented after the show that the four winners from each category could have been contenders for the supreme champion Hereford title. “They were four very good Hereford exhibits.

I would have been happy to put anyone of them up for the supreme.” The Lake Station entry pipped the others for the title because Peter and Matthew felt he had the “x” factor.

Jan Sidey was also notable. That took home a deserving win in the all breeds cow (three years and older) with calf at foot. She also won the champion Hereford senior female class.

He wanted to congratulate all Hereford exhibitors on their entries at the Royal Show. The lineup of entries were all good examples of the breed. He particularly wanted to acknowledge those that exhibited senior bulls. “It is rare to see so many senor bulls in a ring. It was just a pity it was such a small ring.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It’s an honour to judge at the Royal Show.”

The Royal Show Hereford classes were supported by a strong contingent from the North Island including a team of Big River cattle, Kimiha Herefords and Ardo bred heifers exhibited by Lake Station.

The champion yearling heifer was won by young breeder and exhibitor Eamon Dean. (See additional story on Hereford’s young breeders).

In the All Breeds judging Richon Herefords, took home second place with their bull Richon Frontier for the bull two years and over while a cow and calf entry exhibited by Jan and Doc Sidey won the cow, with her own calf(s) at foot (3 years and over).

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Judges Peter Smyth and Mathew Paterson cast a discerning eye over the Hereford classes.

Rob Stokes with Richon Frontier second place getter in the all breeds senior bull class.

Doc Sidey with winning senior cow Jandoc Leonora with calf at foot

The line up of Hereford heifers at the Royal Show.


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