renard blond cattle melbourneWINNER: Renard Blondes stud principal Ellie Stephens with the supreme exhibit female. Photo: Andrew Miller.

     

    A COROWA stud has claimed the Blonde a'Aquitaine supreme exhibit with its two-year-old female.

    Renard Blondes stud principal Ellie Stephens said the win was recognition for the stud's ongoing commitment to breeding pure Blondes.

    "It's always a thrill when you put the hard work into the cattle and work with them to get them up to scratch so it's always nice to be rewarded," she said.

    "The bull she went up against was excellent ... he was well put together and Bronwyn Ward who owns him specialises in French pure cattle so we were pleased to win the exhibit."

    It was Ms Stephen's third time showing Blondes at the Royal Melbourne Show.

    "The stud has been in operation since 1987. My partner Ian Fox has won many awards over the years for the breed," she said.

    "I think for my heifer she's fairly soft and is a great feed converter.

    "One of the things we find with our clients who buy Blonde bulls is that they go well over the British breeds because they add carcase and length and really that gives you more yield as a producer and more dollars in your pocket."

    The stud runs 700 head as part of its operation which has a line of Blonde crosses for commercial purposes.

    --- Stock & Land

    The Gate 2 Plate Challenge is a competition for beef producers which assesses cattle performance through the grain-fed, MSA graded, domestic supply chain in Western Australia.

    The competition is run under the Albany Agricultural Society Inc. and organised by a group of volunteers.

    The competition aims to reflect as closely as possible the real life situation of cattle entering the grain fed, MSA graded, domestic supply chain and reward those animals that not only meet requirements for carcase quality but are also profitable at each stage.

    Competitors receive detailed feedback on individual and group animal performance at each stage of the supply chain throughout the competition.

    Corolin Blondes entered their team of two steers and a heifer and gained 5th place out of 58 teams. Out of the top 18 teams, 16 teams were sired by “Euro” bulls.

    Corolin 5th Place Gate 2 Plate Challenge

    Cooloola Blondes wins gympie carcase classicThe Nolan family's Cooloola Blondes come up trumps at the Gympie Carcase Classic winning the Charlie Cotter all-rounder award. Pictured are Terry Nolan, Cooloola Blondes, Cinnabar, Jan Cotter, Sexton, and Dan and Leanne Sullivan, Sullivan Livestock, Gympie. The Nolan family claimed top honours at the Gympie Carcase Classic winning the prestigious Charlie Cotter all-rounder champion award and the reserve champion title on Friday night.

    Blonde d'Aquitaine entries from Cooloola Blondes also had the first and second most profitable animals with impressive $374 and $338 net gain in value.

    Contact

    Blonde d'Aquitaine Society of Australia & New Zealand Inc.

    Agricultural Business Research Institute

    University of New England

    Executive Officer: John Thomas

    Armidale NSW 2351, Australia 

    blondes@abri.une.edu.au 

    Phone: +61 2 6773 3126

    Fax: +61 2 6772 1943

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