Historic Magazine Covers 1970s & 80s April 1976 – At the field day at Brian Scanlen’s Gowan Brae Taralga, NSW OIN 15 March, Goulburn beef cattle officer Bob Gaden makes a point on a chart. Helping is Gowan Brae manager John Smith. The field day, which highlighted the necessity to keep proper records is featured in this issue on paged 5 and 7 along with a crossbreeding field day at Grafton, NSW. June 1976 – The front cover picture this issue was taken on Good Friday, 1976, and depicts the United States Secretary of Agriculture, Mr Earl Butz getting a little closer than we imagine e usually does to what makes his industry tick. The object of his affections on this occasion was the supreme Simmental at the 1976 Sydney Royal, Mr Harry M Miller’s Sundowner Ranches Evelyn (imp NZ), from Dunmore, Manilla, NSW. Mr Butz felt Evelyn represented the very best of Australasian efforts to improve beef production. August 1976 – A significant announcement was made on 12 July at the NSW branch meeting in Sydney. Saying his piece in the picture on the front cover of this issue is Arthur Rickards, director of the Agricultural and Business Research Institute within the University of New England Armidale, NSW. His message to NSW breeders was that ABRI had just processed the 27,000th registration certificate, a facsimile of which forms a backdrop to this issue’s front cover. Arthur’s remarks on 12 July are the basis of an article on page 5 of this issue. October 1976 – A boost to the overall knowledge of Simmental-cross performance in Queensland came on 25 August when the Queensland Department of Primary Industries held a field day at it’s Brigalow Research Station, Theodore. The subject of a feature article which starts this month on page 5, the field day was organised by the station’s officer-in-charge, Mr Brian Hodge, who is seen on the front cover talking to an audience (out of camera range) of about 60 interested cattlemen from at least two States. Picture: Mr Bernie Toon, DPI, Rockhampton. December 1976 – The image of a breeder’s bull is apparent in this picture of the 1976 Grand Champion of the Pretoria, South Africa, show this spring. The bull was Meerhof Hellas and he was one of 550 purebred Simmentals paraded at the Pretoria show in conjunction with the holding in that city of the second world congress of Simmental breeders. Meerhof Hellas was calved 18/11/72, by Hellas (a German sire) from Fulda and he won the 3-4 years class for G Olschewski, of Hartbeespoort. Second in Hellas’ class and reserve champion was a bull named Oliver 9455, c 17/5/73 by Saulus from Nichte. February 1977 – Last Spring was as good a competitive period as Australian Simmentals have known and it is for this reason this picture has been chosen for the February cover. It is used as a salute to past achievements and as a fingerpost to what can, will and indeed, must be done I the future. Federal President Mr R W Vincent is seen at the Katanning, WA, Australian Meat Board sponsored competition last October with his entry which was second on the hoof and first on the hook. The steers were grassfed and dressed an average 810lb, having cut their two teeth. Mr Bob Campbell is on the left of this picture. April 1977 – Three days of breed festivities were climaxed at Sydney Showgrounds on Sunday 3 Aril at about 4pm when one of Australia’s best-known Simmental breeders opened a new building. On the left of the picture is the stud master of Nareen Simmentals, Casterton, Vic, the Prime Minister, and on the right is the Charman of the association’s NSW Branch, Mr Harry M Miller. June 1977 – The stock on this month’s front cover are cows with ¾-bred calves running on the property of Tasmanian state committee president Mr Alan Dumaresq. The cows are by various sires and range in age from 2 1/2 to four years. Mr Dumaresq runs 150 Simmentals on Mt Ireh as well as 8000 sheep and 500 cattle overall. He crops around 100 acres. The property has been in his family’s hands since 1835. The Mt Ireh Simmentals, along with Mr Richard Hill’s stud at Lincoln Park, at nearby Epping Forest, are among the State’s leading herds of the breed. October 1977 – The Cedric Emanuel type pencil drawing on our font cover was the winning entry in the Northern Region of Victoria Poster Competition. The drawing was done by 16-year-old Kerry Lynne Mortison of Toolamba near Shepparton. Kerry is doing her Higher School Certificate this year and no doubt with this sort of talent will embark on a career in art. We have asked Kerry to submit some designs for the association tie and look forward to seeing more of her excellent work over the coming years. December 1977 – This month we could not decide which photo to use for the cover so have given you a selection: Top Sara Fisher and Sara Blacklock photographed at Dr and Mrs Frank Fisher’s property “Cudgee” Sodwalls with halfbred cows and ¾ calves. Middle left: The bull line up at Brisbane Royal Show which was judged by Mr R W Vincent. Middle right: Pendeen Envoy – successfully exhibited in Sydney in 1977 by Mr Kerry Lowe. Bottom left: Mr Jim Browne addressing the crowd at the Aberfeldy Field Day Bottom right: Mr Warwick Yates pointing out the finer points in the selection of heifers at the Dunmore Field Day. April 1978 – The Grand Champion Simmental Bull and Grand Champion Simmental Cow of Royal Easter Show: Dunmore Arcadia Felix, shown by Harry M Miller, Dunmore, Manilla, NSW and Munga Park Vanessa, exhibited by Munga Park Pastoral Co, Frances, SA. Felix was awarded the Best Simmental Exhibit and Munga Park were the most successful exhibitors of Simmental cattle. June 1978 – Pictures of Simmental cattle with their friends and owners have featured in many city and country newspapers this year. Theis months cover was a January front cover for the Victorian Weekly Times and shows Mr Raymond Tull of the Avalon Park Stud, Yea, Vic, with the stud’s Champion Simmental Bull Wynyard Avalon Fortune, at the Yea Show. Relaxing in the background is Erin’s Avalon Pride. The Avalon Park Stud had a most successful show season with it’s team of purebreds taking out many championships. At the Yea Show they teamed with the Mansfield Breeders’ Group to win the Interbreed Group Class from eight competitors. August 1978 – Happiness is the broad back of a Simmental bull for Prue Gray, daughter of Ian and Jan Gray, Piggott Range, Clarendon. SA Prue is pictured with her mother and the Piggott Range Stud’s newly acquired sire, the 16 mo Hymilk Rembrandt. October 1978 – The first Australian purebred Simmental calf to be registered, born on 9th June, was followed on 2nd August by the birth of the first Australian polled purebred Simmental. Mr Charles Jager of the Corhan Stud, Lilydale, shows off his purebred bull calf Corhan Rommel while Vanessa Burnell, younger daughter of Mr and Mrs Bruce Burnell, Mung Park, Frances SA, holds Munga Park Queenie, the polled purebred heifer. December 1978 – The magnificent line drawing of a Simmental female’s head on the cover was commissioned by the Association fr0m Mrs Ann Ingham of Orange, a well known and talented artist. The head, together with a Simmental signature, is being printed onto cream crepe de chine in dark brown to produce a high quality fashion scarf. An order form will be included in the February Magazine. February 1979 – Meredith Brogan, 2 year old daughter of John Brogan, manager of The Steading, North Richmond, NSW, is helping her father prepare Paul Trenowith’s team for The Steading Simmental Royale Sale and Sydney Show. Here she makes friends with Levels Helena, for sale at the Royale and to be shown in the class for heifers 16-20 months. Helena is the first progeny of Scottish Prinz to compete at an Australian Royal Show. She is already following the success of Scottish Prinz offspring in UK showings, by winning Junior Supreme Beef Exhibit at the Lithgow Show. April 1979 – A fabulous Simmental Easter Week culminated at the Sydney Show. Judge Mr Willie Angus (left) President of the South African Simmental Society, is pictured her with Mrs Angus, Dunmore Risingholme Audrey (the Supreme Simmental Exhibit), her exhibitor Mr Harry M Miller and Mr Peter McWilliam, stud manager, Dunmore, Manilla NSW. June 1979 – Simmentals made the top breed average of $5,320 and the second top price of $10,000 at the WA Beef Week sales. Pictured is the $10,000 bull Glenroy West Armadillo, bought by Ken Court, Yarrabah Stud, Mundijong WA, from John and Neil Garnett, Glenroy, Gnowangerup, WA. From left are John Garnett, Neil Garnett, Ben Voskuilen (Yarrabah Stud) and George White of Glenroy is at the halter. August 1979 – Brisbane Royal Champions – Champion Female and Champion Bull at the Brisbane Royal were Harry M Miller’s Wynyard Dunmore Faye (left) and Dunmore Voss (right). WA judge Mr Allan Fletcher Dirk Brook, Keysbrook, was delighted with the exceptional quality throughout the Brisbane classes. New exhibitors Milroy Pastoral Co, North Star, NSW, and Scott Robertston, Golden Glove Stud, Glenmorgan, QLD, provided the Dunmore Stud with strong competition. October 1979 – The Simmental Chalet build on Adelaide Showground by members of the South Australian Branch of the Simmental Association, with the Grand Champion Bull and Female of the 1979 Adelaide Show. Left is Munga Park Marilyn, Junior and Grand Champion Female and Supreme Simmental Exhibit (Glamis Trophy), and on the right is Munga Park Rene, Junior and Grand Champion Bull. This delightful building, in typical Swiss style, is situated in a prime position overlooking the beef cattle judging ring an adjacent to the Members Stand. December 1979 – Christopher Tull (son of Ray and Elaine Tull) Avalon Park Stud, Yea, Vic) celebrated an Australian record showing of Simmetnal cattle at the Year Show in November, wearing Swiss national costume. He is pictured with Toorour Forest Yasmin who with her mother Nudgel Blossom was 3rd in the strong class for cows 2 years & over. A total of 55 head plus 6 calves were shown at the Yea Show which was a Simmental Feature Show. Apologies to Kathy Darling of the Lynhome Stud and Graham Collins of Merrigrange Feeding Services who were featured on last months cover, with Munga Park’s Adelaide ChampionsFebruary 1980 – Two Seans! Sean Trenoweth, son of Ann and Paul Trenoweth, The Steading, Grose Wold, NSW, with Avon Park Sean, an outstanding young bull by Scottish Prinz, to be offered at The Royale Sale on 26th March, and to be exhibited by The Steading at the Sydney Royal Show. April 1980 – Simmental Carcass Scoop! Purebred Simental steers won the inaugural Stan Hill Trophy at the Sydney Royal and one of these was the Reserve Champion Carcass of the Show. Pictured with their winning carcasses on our front cover are Mr Harry M Miller, who bred the Reserve Champion Carcass Mr Paul Trenoweth and Mr Lionel Busquets. Between them they entered the three steers which won the Stan Hill Trophy for the best team judged on combined hoof and hook points. This is the breed’s greatest achievement in its Australian history. June 1980 – The Simbrah is here. This month we feature the great Brahman/Simmental crossbred animals – knowns as SIMBRAH. The cover shows Simbrah cows and calves on Jack and Ian Eaton’s property “Toddbroke”, Laidley, Qld. This issue also previews the Brisbane and Adelaide Royal Shows. August 1980 – The Grand Champion Simmental Female and Bull at the 1980 Brisbane Royal Show. Nearest the camera James Loneragan’s Met Astrid, Met Stud, Mudgee, NSW, the Junior and Grand Champion Female, and on the far side, Harry M Miller’s Dunmore Michael, the Senior and Grand Champion Simmental Bull. December 1980 – This newborn Simmental calf symbolises the spirit of Christmas and the expectations of the Simmental breed in the New Year. February 1981 – This month’s cover picture was taken at Terangaville Stud, Yea, Vic, through which the picturesque Goulburn River runs. Terangaville will conduct their 2nd Annual Sale on the property on Saturday 7th March. The catalogue will feature purebred bulls by Extra, recently named 3rd prizewinner in the National Beef Sire of the Year Competition. April 1981 – The Champion Steer of the Sydney Royal Show was The Steading Charles, bred and shown by Paul and Ann Trenoweth, The Steading, Grose Wold, NSW and expertly paraded by is Julie Clay. Julie won the Paraders Trophy which is awarded by the Association at every Royal Show. The Steading Charles went on to become the Reserve Champion Carcass of the Show. June 1981 – The Grand Champion Exhibit of the Two state Simmental Show & Sale held at Wodonga in May was Piggott Range Johann bred and sold by Ian and Jan Gray, Piggott Range Stud, Clarendon, SA and bought by Ian and Joyce McTaggart, Yerrantaccu Stud, Lang Lang, Vic. August 1981 – Champion Fat Steer. A Simmental cross (SIMBEEF) steer bred and shown by KE & DM Nauschutz, Gold Park, Warra, Qld, took out the Champion Fat Steer award at the Brisbane Royal Show on 7th August. He was later sold for a fat cattle record price in Brisbane of $1955 -$2.50per kg. November 1981 – A medley of Royal Show Grand Champion profiles – top left Munga Park Donna, Grand Champion Cow Melbourne; top right Terangaville Ewen, Grand Champion Bull Melbourne; bottom left Piggott Range Poll Douglas, Grand Champion Bull & Supreme Exhibit Adelaide Royal and bottom right Munga Park Astrid, Grand Champion Cow, Adelaide Royal. February 1982 – See you at the Hilton on 6th March! So said Matalanka Alexander to Hilton Hotel doorman Mr John Thornton when Mrs Kathy Eden took him to the hotel to make a reservation for himself and 17 of his friends for the Simmental decade of Achievement Celebration & 1st National sale to be held in the Grand Ballroom on Saturday 6th March. Alexander is Lot 8 in Australia’s first national Simmental Sale which will be officially opened by the Prime Minister, Mr Malcolm Fraser. May 1982 – Simmentals set two Australasian records. Auction record for Simmental Bull – $30,000. Piggott Range Poll Douglas (P) in whom ¾ share and full possession was sold for $30,000 at the 1st National Sale & Decade of Achievement Celebration, is pictured with his new owners Bev & Alan Jones, Miraleste Poll Stud, Yea, Vic. Record Steer Price – $6,420. Stirling Zeno, Champion Heavyweight Steer, Sydney Royal Show bought by Coles for $10 per kg, a gross of $6,420, pictured with breeder Lionel Busquets, Stirling, Orange, NSW and held by John Brogan of Brogans Cattle Service, Orange, who prepared the steer. September 1982 – Top Right, Rory Murphy Monreid, Nundle, NSW, showed the Champion Fat Steer at the 1982 Brisbane Royal and also did well in the led steer classes. The steer in this picture was the heaviest steer on the ground at 731 kgs and was 3rd on the hoof and hook in the big over-601 kgs class. Below: Simmetnal’s team of purebred steers which won the O’Connor Trophy at the 1982 Royal Adelaide Show. Left, Isabell Powell with The Steading Charles, Reserve Champion Carcass of the Show; centre, Grant Jackson with Piggott Range Esquire and, right, Piggott Range Eugene, Reserve Champion Steer of the Show. December 1982 – Simmental Female Supreme at Perth Royal. Miss Perth Royal Show Girl 1982, Tania Widdeson of Boyup Brook with the Supreme Champion All Breeds Female, Harvey Wattle, exhibited by TG & RG Sutherland of Badginarra. February 1983 – Simmentals 2nd & 3rd in National Beef Sire of the Year. For the thirds year in succession, a Simmental bull has figured in the Queensland Country Life National Beef Sire of the Year Competition results. Extra came in 2nd in 1982 with 807 points (the winner gained 888 points). In third place was Dunmore Lester with 787 points. Lester was bred and is owned by the Dunmore Stud and all his progeny was shown by them to take the award. He himself is by Extra from Wynyard Fiona by Soleil. Pictured on the front cover is Dunmore Woody Allen, one of Lester’s best progeny, who was Supreme Simmental Exhibit at the 1982 Sydney Royal Show. This is a really significant result as it is the first time a home bred Simmental bull has come anywhere near the AI bulls in this contest. Progeny of Extra were shown by Munga Park Stud, Frances, SA, Terangaville Stud, Yea, Vic, and Dench & Sons, Wondenia Stud, Gilgandra, NSW.