THE supreme exhibit in this year’s Shorthorn judging entered the ring in the very first class, catching the eye of judge Trent Johnstone, Trojan Shorthorns, Lyndhurst, NSW, from the get-go.
Belmore Bella P392 from Andy and Sally Withers’ Belmore stud, Naracoorte, was a 10-month-old heifer by Marschay Jurggernaut J57 showing in the Under 12 heifer class. Bella P392 went on to win junior and grand champion female on its way to the supreme ribbon.
“She’s got plenty of power and capacity and plenty of growth-for-age, a heifer I really admire, as she stands there it has got that real outlook about her, a real presence,” Mr Johnstone said.
“You get in behind her and there is a power of meat there in that hindquarter, but she also carries that natural thickness right up over the topline where those expensive cuts are.”
The Withers family also exhibited the senior champion bull, Belmore Mr Gus N255, a two-year-old sire weighing 958 kilograms, with an eye muscle area of 124 square centimetres and fat scans of 13 millimetres rump and 9mm rib.
Belmore Mr Gus N255 is sire by Canadian sire Eionmor Mr Gus 80C and will be retained for use in the Belmore stud.
The stud won the sires progeny group with three head by Belmore Quince G60.
Belmore then went on to be named most successful Shorthorn exhibitor.
Reference: Jamie-Lee Oldfield, Stock Journal, 8 Sep 2019 https://www.stockjournal.com.au/story/6372302/shorthorn-supreme-leads-from-the-start/?cs=4874