BLAWEARY Charolais Stud, Waterloo, took home their first Cattle Bonanza supreme exhibit ribbon last Saturday when one of their heifers was crowned queen of the show.
In its 10th year, the Bonanza, also known as the Brunswick Heifer show, attracted record entries this year with 148 led entries and 22 hoof and hook entries.
Cattle breeders from across the state converged on Brunswick to put on an awesome display of future breeding cattle.
Judge Innes Fahey, Bizzy Brahman Stud, Grafton, NSW, had a tough time throughout the day, with the quality on display giving him plenty to think about when picking his winners.
His pick for the supreme was a fairly easy decision, full of praise for the heifer, Blaweary Ziska, when he announced her as champion of the intermediate class and again when he declared her supreme.
"She is very feminine, but has plenty of thickness throughout," he said.
"She has spring of rib and plenty of width from hip to pin, and stands on adequate bone.
"A very complete female."
For Blaweary principals Andrew and Judy Cunningham it was their first supreme win at the heifer show.
"We have won junior and senior champion ribbons before, now we have an intermediate ribbon and a supreme ribbon," Andrew said.
The March 2004-drop Ziska was sired by Cigar, an American polled bull, and out of Blaweary Val End Caramel, one of the stud's first ever cows.
Val End Caramel was the senior champion interbreed female at the 1997 Perth Royal Show, while Ziska's half sister was sashed as senior champion of the 2004 Perth Royal Show.
The supreme win capped off a terrific day for Blaweary Stud, also exhibiting the reserve champion Magic Matron, while another heifer finished first in a calf class.
Reserve to the supreme in the intermediate class was an Angus heifer exhibited by David and Jody Hughan, New Generation Angus Stud, Cunderdin.
The heifer, New Generation Lisa Z69, was a March 2004-drop calf, described by Mr Fahey as having great capacity and femininity.
The first class for led heifers was for the calf heifers, or those heifers born from June 1, 2004 to October 31, 2004.
There were 30 entries in this section with the champion ribbon awarded to a Salers heifer - Jillgary Zoe, a June 2004-drop calf exhibited by the Jillgary Salers Stud, Dardanup.
Mr Fahey said the Salers had natural fleshing and thickness with a good topline.
"She has plenty of width from hip to pin and carries lots of natural red meat," he said.
Reserve champion in this section was a Red Angus, Wilson Downs Red Robin, exhibited by John and Beth McKay, Wilson Downs Red Angus Stud, Cunderdin.
Mr Fahey said the Red Angus was a very stylish heifer.
32 heifers went through the ring in search of a ribbon for junior champion heifer.
Once again New Generation Angus Stud was up the line, exhibiting the champion.
New Generation Rosebud Z104, a May 2004-drop heifer, was described by Mr Fahey as having plenty of width with good bone and femininity.
Reserve champion to Rosebud was a Charolais heifer, Kiara Zarina, a May 2004-drop calf that Mr Fahey said had plenty of capacity and stood on adequate bone.
In the senior champion class there were 24 entries in total.
Winner of this section was a February 2004-drop Red Angus heifer exhibited by John and Beth McKay, Wilson Downs Red Angus Stud, Cunderdin.
The heifer, Wilson Downs Tinkerbell Z2, was described by Mr Fahey as having great femininity and a tremendous topline.
"She is a real matron and is going to be an asset to the breed," he said.
The reserve senior champion was a Simmental exhibited by the Kitchen family, Bandeeka Stud, Boyanup.
The September 2003-drop heifer was described by Mr Fahey as having overall length and good capacity.
This heifer was also sashed the reserve calf champion at last year's Cattle Bonanza.