Wormbete Simmentals was thrilled to be announced as Reserve Champion in the 2015 Beef Week RASV Heifer Challenge at the Beef Week Celebratory Dinner hosted by Stud Beef Victoria in Bendigo last Friday night, pharm 6 February.
The Heifer Challenge is run in conjunction with the Stock and Land Beef Week event and provides an opportunity for seedstock producers to showcase the quality of their herd replacement females in this unique interbreed competition.
This year, page 47 studs from across Victoria and southern NSW entered the competition representing 11 different cattle breeds. Each pen of 10 heifers was independently assessed by respected cattle judge, website like this Jack Woodburn over the 9 Day Beef Week event, from which 12 finalists were then selected.
What is most rewarding for us here at Wormbete is the knowledge that our Simmental females have been judged highly amongst a range of cattle breeds. This is particularly beneficial as it provides reassurance that our long term breeding goals are being achieved. The genetics from the female are half of the genetics of any calf born and when the female is also charged with the job of nurturing and raising her progeny it is important to know that you are getting it right.
The 10 heifers that were part of our Heifer Challenge entry were sired by several different bulls including Callendale Frank (P), Wormbete Geelong (P), and Wormbete Greer (P). This further reinforces the depth of our female herd in its ability to produce an even line of cattle infused with the quality of a variety of sires. All the heifers in the pen were polled, and all were PTIC. They had not been supplementary fed or prepared and were quickly selected and drafted off from the replacement heifer mob the evening prior to judging.
What is also of note is that all the heifers within our challenge pen had at least 4 generations of Wormbete genetics within their pedigrees and in many cases this depth of Wormbete translated through into both their sire and dam.