Simbrah takes Colac crown

Vaughan Campagnolo, Savannah Simbrahs, made the trip from Lobethal, SA, for the Colac All Breeds Heifer Show, and took top honors with his unbeaten Simbrah heifer, Savannah Golden Girl.A BAND of dedicated breeders and supporters arrived in Colac for the All Breeds Heifer Show last Thursday afternoon.

The twilight interbreed competition, held before the Colac Show last weekend, attracted stud breeders from across Victoria and as far as South Australia.

Western District Angus breeder Chris Tarlor, Penlake Angus, Coleraine, judged the heifers, which represented the Simmental, Simbrah, Angus, Miniature Galloway, Maine Anjou and Limousin breeds.

It was Simbrah and Simmental heifers that went home with the top honors on the evening, but Cheryl Hedger’s Limousin heifer, Millennium Springs Greta, took out the first class.

The six-month-old heifer was “a clear winner”, according to Mr Taylor, who noted her for her structure and ability to move freely.

“That’s something I’ll be tough on today,” he said.

“She’s deep and long bodied and equally as good in the front end.”

In the 8-12 month-old class, it was a Simmental exhibited by Jacob and Ruby Canning, Mavstar Simmentals, Mortlake, that caught the judge’s eye, followed by Brian and Karalyn Keirl’s Limousin, Paramount Foxy Lady, in second place.

But it was the 12-16 month-old class that gave Mr Taylor something to think about.

Each breed was represented in the class with stand-out females across the board.

In the end, it was Vaughan Campagnolo’s Simbrah heifer Savannah Golden Girl, who came out on top.

The 12-month-old was noted for her structure and front end.

“She has a wonderful hip to pin set-up and hind quarter,” Mr Taylor said.

Greg and Jeanette Huggins, Dandavjon Simmentals, took out the 16-20 month-old class with their 19mo Dandavjon Dalhouween.

“She’s free moving, deep-bodied and has a long and strong, feminine head,” Mr Taylor said.

In the champion line-up, Mr Taylor considered his options from the Limousin, Simmental and Simbrah heifers, but it was Vaughan Campagnolo’s Simbrah who got the nod.

“In the beef industry, we have to make a lot of decisions on our breeding programs, and breeding and retaining females is a big part of that,” Mr Taylor said.

“This Simbrah heifer could fit into any herd. She’s wonderful through her hip to pins and through her hindquarter.”

The 12mo heifer hasn’t been beaten in any of her show appearances, taking out junior champion at the SA Heifer Show and supreme female exhibit at the Penola Show last weekend.

Mr Campagnolo, who made the trip from Lobethal, SA, has been involved in the Simbrah breed for 10 years and breeding for five of those, and will take Golden Girl to Beef 2012 in Rockhampton, Queensland.

Jacob and Ruby Canning’s home-bred heifer, Mavstar Flicka, took out reserve champion, after her mother was awarded the top prize in 2009.

The young cattle breeders plan to take Flicka around the show circuit and will keep her on as one of their main breeding females.

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