In the first combined showing of the shorthorn breeds at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, seven Beef and Australian entries performed strongly. In a hot field of 85 entries, all seven were class ribbon winners. There were two class winners. In addition, Scott Bruton’s Roly Park group placed third, whilst a purebred Beef Shorthorn steer exhibited by Scott gained a bronze medal in the Middleweight Open Steer class with a score of 82.5 points (pictured).
Now some details.
Morningtime Malmo’s Blossom 1, a Beef Shorthorn exhibited by Spencer Family Shorthorns, placed second in the 12-15 months heifer class. Placed third in that class was Scott Brutons Australian Shorthorn Roly Park Duchess of Neptune.
Roly Park Mell, Scott Bruton’s Australian Shorthorn, won the 15-18 months heifer class.
Scott’s Roly Park Maple, another Australian Shorthorn, placed second to the Junior Champion in the 18-20 months heifer class, in which there were 11 entries. Many of those ringside saw her as the best junior heifer on display.
In the class for cows over 3 years, Morningtime Nantucket’s Dame Melba, exhibited by the Spencer family, placed fourth in a large class to the eventual grand champion. This cow, with a white heifer calf at foot, drew much favourable comment.
Two bulls were exhibited.
In the class 12-15 months, Scott Bruton’s Australian Shorthorn, Roly Park Mr Tasmania, placed third. This bull weighed 574 kgs, had a fat score of 9/5, and an EMA of 89 square cms.
Finally, in the class for bulls aged 30-36 months, Morningtime Nara, a Beef Shorthorn exhibited by Paris Hourn and David Ashley & Grandchildren, was sole entrant, and thus the winner. Nara’s figures were – weight 1152 kgs, fat 15/8, EMA 135 square cms. The judge described him as having a lot of capacity, with a huge back end and commendable muscularity. Nara did not, however, gain a broad ribbon. It was perhaps thought that a bull of his age should be out working. Enquiry would have revealed that he has calves on the ground.
Overall, the joint exhibition was a huge success for the shorthorn breeds. The spirit amongst exhibitors was always friendly.