Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford (left) presents the RASV Heifer Challenge award to.Michael and Olga Hill, Connamara Angus, Ruffy, with RASV chief executive Mark O’Sullivan.CONNAMARA Angus, Ruffy, has been crowned 2015 Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) heifer challenge champion after almost two weeks of on-farm judging across Victoria, Southern NSW and South Australia, as part of the 23rd annual Stock & Land Beef Week Field Days.
In the fourth year of the competition, RASV awarded the prestigious honour to Michael and Olga Hill which is the second time second time Connamara Angus has been a finalist in the heifer challenge.
The champion was selected by respected former Angus breeder, stock agent and competition judge, Jack Woodburn.
Reserve champion was awarded to Simmental stud Wormbete, of Illabo, NSW.
The RASV heifer challenge received 47 entries in 2015 with participants required to display pens of 10 registered heifers for judging, which took place over nine days from Tuesday January 27 to Wednesday February 5, 2015.
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Mr Woodburn, a renowned cattle judge from Forbes, NSW said his was an enjoyable but challenging task because of the high quality of entries, evidenced by his request to increase the number of finalists this year from 10 to 12.
“It’s been the most marvellous experience. I’ve spent almost a lifetime judging cattle and this is one of the most worthwhile competitions I’ve been involved in,” Mr Woodburn said.
“The quality I saw over the nine day period was absolutely exceptional and I really believe our beef industry is in very good hands.”
Conducted by Stud Beef Victoria, Stock & Land Beef Week provides more than 180 beef producers with a unique opportunity to market, showcase and select genetics for breeding operations.
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 2015 was outstanding.
“RASV congratulates Connamara on being named Champion of the 2015 heifer challenge from an exceptionally high standard of entries,” Mr O’Sullivan said.
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