The Angus Australia Victorian State Committee will be hosting their own little bit of Angus history with the 2019 Angus Feature Show at this years Royal Melbourne Show. The Feature Show will take place as part of the centenary celebrations for 100 Years of Angus Australia and registered Angus cattle.
The Incitec Pivot Royal Melbourne Show Angus Feature Show will take place September 29, 2019.
The tail of Angus at Royal Melbourne:
The Angus breed is first noted to have partaken in the Royal Melbourne Show in the late 1800s, with Andrew Swan of Essendon, Victoria who won Champion Bull with an important bull called Patricus at the 1881 Royal Melbourne Show.
The first registered Angus cattle competed in the Royal Melbourne Show in 1919, with 3 polled Angus entries. A bull named Rover of Meadow, exhibited by Arthur Dair, Meadow Bank, Lilydale was awarded 2nd prize. Mr Dair also exhibited in the Cow or Heifer section, earning 2nd prize with Pansy of’ Meadowbank and Awaroa of Meadowbank in the Heifer, 2 years or under category.
1920 saw 5 entries in the second year of the polled Angus competition.
In the bull section for bulls 2 years and over there were three entries, with the placings as follows. First price went to Hubert S. Docker, Bontharambo, Wangaratta with Hayston By Jingo, as well as second place with Envy of Bywell. George Dair and Son of Meadow Bank, Lilydale were awarded third place with Rover of Meadow Bank.
In the Cow or Heifer 3 years or over section, George Dair & Sons were the only entry in the polled Angus section, with Dulcie of Meadow Bank. It was the same story in the Heifer class, 2 years or under with the Dairs’ having the only entry with their heifer, Awaroa of Meadow Bank.
The Champions prizes of Australia were awarded to Hubert S Docker, with Hayston By Jingo for Champion Polled Angus bull and Reserve Champion with Envy of Bywell.
Dair & Sons were awarded Champion polled Angus cow or heifer over 12 months old with Dulcie of Meadow Bank and Reserve Champion polled Angus cow or heifer with Awaroa of Meadow Bank.
In the judges report for this year, it was commented by the judge for the Angus section,
“The Polled Angus were very disappointing in numbers for such a fine breed of beef cattle.
Mr. Docker is to be congratulated on possessing two such fine bulls as those with which he was represented in the class two years and over.”
“The champion bull, Hayston By Jingo, is a very fine specimen of the breed, but was very closely run by the imported bull, Envy of Bywell. He only beat the latter a little in the thigh, which was the deciding factor in giving him the championship.
Messrs. G. Dair and Son showed a very fine cow in their Dulcie of Meadowbank. It is a great pity there were not more entries to make the competition stronger in this section.”
All in – the Angus Interbreed History:
The Royal Melbourne All-breed competition was established in 1978.
The first Angus winner within the competition was in 1982, with Brookfield Park Alfred Y43, exhibited by RR & MA Johnston awarded Supreme Beef Breed Bull.
The 2019 moment:
The Incitec Pivot Royal Melbourne Angus Feature Show will be an event not to be missed, and one for the century. The event will also be associated with the Black Dog Ride. The Black Dog has been travelling the country since July 2009 to raise awareness for depression and suicide prevention. In the lead up to the Incitec Pivot Royal Melbourne Show, a donated Little Meadows Angus heifer will be traveling throughout WA to assist in raising awareness, making her way to Victoria to be auctioned at the Angus Feature Show. All proceeds from the heifer made at the auction will go to the Black Dog Ride.
Following the judging program, there will be an elite female sale.