THE Salers and Murray Grey breeds were the big winners at this year's Farm Weekly Beef Showcase held in conjunction with the Bridgetown Show on Saturday.
While numbers were down on previous years, there was still a good quality line up of stud and trade cattle to make for an interesting day of judging.
Judges Kevin Yost, Liberty Charolais stud, Toodyay, and Trinity Golding, Little Meadows Angus stud, Waterloo, did a terrific job in selecting their winners throughout the day.
Overall eight breeds of cattle were exhibited on the day including Angus, Charolais, Lowline, Murray Grey, Salers, Simmental, South Devon and Square Meaters.
From each breed a champion bull and champion female were chosen and these then went on to compete for the interbreed ribbons.
Both interbreed contests saw a top quality line-up of cattle being paraded in front of the judges but when it came to decision making time, it was a Salers bull and a Murray Grey cow that received the interbreed ribbons.
The bull, Jillgary Xecutive, exhibited by Jillgary Salers stud, Dardanup, had had a very successful show season in WA this year, winning the supreme exhibit at this year's Margaret River show.
Judge Kevin Yost said Xecutive was a mountain of meat.
"He is a huge bull, but carries his weight really well," he said.
"He is structurally very correct, with a sirey head and an excellent temperament.
"This bull is a true stud sire."
Xecutive has a good show record at Bridgetown. In 2004, he was sashed champion Salers bull and reserve interbreed champion bull.
In the female category, it was a lovely Murray Grey cow with bull calf at foot that took home the interbreed ribbon. The cow, Strandheim Teresa, was exhibited by the Barker High Murray Grey stud.
Judge Trinity Golding said the cow was a real standout in the ring.
"She is a magnificent cow with great presence and balance," she said.
"She has excellent overall growth and length and a great calf at foot."
In the Independent Rural Agents, Pemberton, Beef Classic Breeders Pair the Salers breed completed a tremendous showing.
The interbreed bull paired with the champion Salers female, a heifer, Jillgary Zoe, also exhibited by the Jillgary stud that took out this prestigious competition.
The Salers finished ahead of the two Angus entrants exhibited by the Carenda and Wyndarra studs, the Charolais pair exhibited by Blaweary and a Simmental pair exhibited by the Topweight stud.