THE 2022 Gingin Heifer Competition was run and won this month and it was the Greenwell family, Bullrush Farms, Gingin, that took top honours in the competition's 38th year.
Alan, Margaret and Sean Greenwell won the top prize for the best pen of four commercial heifers on the day after getting the tick of approval by judges Alexandra Riggall and Clare King, Summit Gelbvieh stud, Narrikup.
In the hotly contested commercial competition, 19 pens of the region's best commercial heifers were assessed across 11 Gingin farming properties.
The Greenwells, who are renowned for their purchasing of quality Angus bulls and have won the competition in the past, won the top award with a pen of Angus.
The pen of four black heifers aged 12 months from the Greenwells scored 94 points out of a possible 100, and not only did they impress the judges, they also impressed the crowd of more than 55 onlookers who followed the competition between properties.
Second place in the commercial class went to Ed and Paul Grant, with a pen of Red Angus.
The Roe family, Benalong Grazing, with a pen of Angus heifers and the Neville family, Old Bambun Grazing, also with an Angus pen, finished equal third.
There was just one pen of stud heifers in the competition this year and it was from the Howard family, Kamarah Speckle Park stud, Wannamal and as a result they took first place.
The heifers in the competition are judged on their suitability as future breeders with points awarded for temperament, structural soundness, femininity, carcase quality and evenness of pen.
Ms Riggall and Ms King said their focus was on structural soundness as that will aid the longevity of the young females.
"The top half dozen pens were extremely impressive which made it an extremely close competition again," they said.
Competition co-ordinator David Roe, Benalong Grazing, said the competition continued to be a great day for local cattle breeders.
"Breeders take on board the judges' comments to aid their selection criteria for their future breeders and this can only be good for their cow herds," Mr Roe said.
Another highlight of the day was the lunch prepared for the 23rd consecutive year by Beermullah local, Selga Beckwith.
It was sponsored by Bendigo Bank and the travelling crowd heard a wonderful presentation of the complexities of Pestivirus and cattle fertility from Enoch Bergman, Swans Veterinary Service, Esperance, during the lunch break.
Mr Bergman in his presentation also covered Fixed Time AI in beef heifer herds and was supported by Jarvis Polglaze from Zoetis.
There were a couple of other awards presented on the day and they included the prestigious Closest to the Judges award which was won by Ed and Paul Grant, Murray Butler was the winner of the Guess the Weight award and the People's Choice award went to Bullrush Farms and Old Bambun.
The competition winners were announced at the wind-up event hosted by Megan and Leigh McCallum and sponsored by AWN and W & J Greenwell.
Mr Roe also extended his thanks to all competition entrants, and the generosity of sponsors which make the day possible, W & J Greenwell, Gingin Districts Community Financial Services Ltd - Bendigo Bank, Gingin Fuel and Tyres, AWN, GBG Rural Services, Elders, Zoetis and Boehringer Animal Health.
He was also very appreciative of the great work Annette Howard did photographing all the exhibitors and cattle.
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