Four Beef Shorthorns and four Australian Shorthorns will compete in the first combined showing of Australian Shorthorns, Beef Shorthorns and Shorthorns at the Royal Easter Show on 24 March; and a Beef Shorthorn steer will participate in the beef carcass competition.
Scott Bruton, Roly Park, has entered three junior heifers, a junior bull, and the steer.
The heifers are an Australian Shorthorn in the 12-15 months class, a Australian Shorthorn in the 15-18 months class, and an Australian Shorthorn in the 18-20 months class. The sire of the youngest heifer, Roly Park Alex, was the first Australian Shorthorn bull – or at least the first for a very long time – sold at the Dubbo National. The oldest heifer was the supreme Australian Shorthorn exhibit at Melbourne in 2017.
The sire of the junior bull, an Australian Shorthorn entered in the 12-15 months class, is the massive Spencer Family Yogi.
Following on Roly Park’s outstanding success in carcass competitions at the Royal Melbourne and Whittlesea Shows in 2017, the steer is the progeny of Swanlea Imperial 2, a bull exhibited by the Swan family more than 25 years ago. There seems to be a definite trend towards using pure Australian bloodlines from years past in breeding programs.
Spencer Family is exhibiting two Beef Shorthorns, a heifer in the 12-15 months class and a cow in the senior cow class. The heifer is one of the first progeny of Morningtime Malmo, a bull with old Australian bloodlines on his sire’s side. Malmo was sold to the North Eastern stud in 2017. Sire of the older female is Morningtime Nantucket, the sire of M. Malmo. This female was shown with some success as a junior heifer at Melbourne in 2015 and Sydney in 2016. She has her second calf at foot.
Carolyn and Les Shannon, Glenmount, are exhibiting a Beef Shorthorn heifer in the 15-18 months class. Sire of the heifer, Morningtime Jabiru 2, was out of the same cow as Morningtime Nara.
Paris Hourn, Peninsula Cattle Co, is the lead exhibitor of Morningtime Nara, a bull entered in the senior bull class. Nara, shown with some success at Sydney and Melbourne in 2016 and 2017, now has calves on the ground. Pictured is a week old heifer out of a wonderful old breeder who has produced one good female after another.