By Shan Goodwin, Stock Journal
FOR young beef cattle breeders Ruby and Jacob Canning, the eight-hour trip they make every year from Mortlake in Victoria to the Royal Adelaide Show has always been somewhat of a tribute to their late grandfather.
Peter Schembri was a pioneer Simmental breeder who said there was nothing like the friendliness and culture at Adelaide Show.
So it was particularly apt the Canning’s collected the Supreme Exhibit title in the Simmental ring this year with daughter of the cow Mr Schembri gave Ruby and Jacob to kick off their stud, Mavstar Simmentals.
The senior cow, Mavstar Lady Lakota, shown with her four-month-old calf Mavstar PS I Love You, was placed at the top of an extremely competitive field by judge Jonathon Spence, director of successful independent SA livestock agency, Spence, Dix and Co.
It’s the fourth time the Canning siblings, with their parents Rita and Ross, have brought their cattle to Adelaide. They say it is about both the enjoyment and marketing.
“It’s become our annual family vacation,” Mrs Canning said.
Lakota, who is now headed for the Melbourne Royal, is out of Mavstar Dakota, who was an interbreed champion at many a Victorian country shows.
Mr Spence said Lakota epitomised some the best traits from generations of Simmental breeding, including a maturity pattern, frame condition and structure that was exceptional.
Lakota edged out an impressive senior bull on his first show outing, the 810 kilogram High Rise Nitro, from Joel Stuart’s small High Rise stud at Milang.
Nitro, sired by successful show bull Woonallee Humdinger, epitomised the low birth weight and quick growth key breeding goals at High Rise, according to Mr Stuart.
Yerwal’s junior domination
IN a nod to the commercial relevance and consistency of the Simmental genetics coming on at Regan Burow’s Yerwal Estate stud, both junior champion titles were collected by the Naracoorte operation.
Mr Burow bought eight head to Adelaide this year to notch up his best performance since he started showing at the Royal almost 20 years ago.
At just 13 months, the junior champion bull, Yerwal Estate Nitro, weighed in at 740 kilograms.
Judge Jonathon Spence said his easy fleshing, depth of rib, shape of hindquarter and soft skin make him a standout.
“Nitro is out of our best cow, Yerwal Estate Cassie, who has been flushed extensively and now has progeny in herds throughout SA and Victoria and as far afield as Queensland,” Mr Burow said.
The junior female win came via Yerwal Estate Charo N180. Mr Burow imported her mother as an embryo from Canada.
“We did that because she was the type of black Simmental suited perfectly for Australia – sound with heaps of carcase, soft and easy doing,” Mr Burow said.
The Simmentals are run alongside the Yerwal Estate Angus stud, after Mr Burow’s grandfather Merv Lawrey expanded into the breed in the early 1970s following a visit to Europe where he was impressed with their ability to wean heavy calves.
Yerwal also collected the Supreme Breeders Group in the Simmental ring this year.
Judge: Jonathon Spence
Supreme exhibit, grand and senior champion female: Mavstar Lady Lakota, Ruby Canning, Mortlake, Vic.
Reserve senior champion female: Savannah Zoe, Savannah Cattle Company, Oaklands Park.
Grand champion and senior bull: High Rise Nitro, Joel Stuart, Milang. Res: Mt Mooney Nuclear, Mt Mooney Simmentals, Tintinara.
Junior champion bull: Yerwal Estate Nitro, Regan Burow, Naracoorte. Res: Tolhverrae Nic Naitanui, D and S Rothe, Padthaway.
Junior champion female: Yerwal Estate Charo N180. Res: Mt Mooney Nigella.
Caption: Top exhibit in the Simmental ring was Mavstar Lady Lakota, from the Canning family’s Victorian stud. Jacob Canning and Simmental industry stalwart Mark Gilpin hold the ribbon, while Ruby, Rita and Ross Canning are with the cattle.