Stakes high as heifers compete

Steve Neville with his pen of four superior Black Angus heifers.
Stakes high as heifers compete
Steve Neville with his pen of four superior Black Angus heifers.

The heifers were judged on their suitability as future breeders, with points awarded for temperament, structural soundness, femininity, carcass quality and evenness of pen, for a maximum score of 100.

Competition was intense as 12 local breeders raised the stakes by bringing near-perfect heifers to the event.

Local breeder Steve Neville�s pen of four superior Black Angus heifers were outstanding, scoring 90 out of 100 to win the commercial section.

Alan Greenwell�s heifers could not quite graze enough points and scored 89 to grab second place.

There was a tie for third place between David Roe, Murray Hyne and David Kelly, each with 88 points.

There was also a tie for the stud section of the competition.

Equal winners were Dale and John Jansen�s Black Angus and Errol and Brendon Howard�s Speckle Park heifers.

Judge Brad Kupsch congratulated breeders on the high quality of their stock.

�The standard of cattle breeding in Gingin has improved consistently over the years of the competition and it is pleasing to see the results of quality management by local breeders,� he said.