Tasmania played host to the final state hosted event celebrating 100 Years of Angus Australia, hosting an Angus Feature Show at Westbury, followed by a cocktail function in Launceston, early November.
Tasmania was a fitting host for the final celebration, given that the first Angus animals to arrive in Australia in January 1824 when 8 black cattle were unloaded at the Hobart Town docks and driven up the streets of Hobart and then onto Dennistoun, owned by Captain Patrick Wood, located near Bothwell, Tasmania.
Westbury Angus Feature Show
With snow falling on the mountains, Westbury hosted a showcase of the Angus breed, with Damon Englund a past Angus Youth participant given the honours of judging the Feature Show.
The day belonged to Quarterway Angus, with the stud taking out all major Angus awards and having a clean sweep of the Interbreed section.
Quarterway Pinkie was named the Junior and Grand Champion Angus Female and went on to win Interbreed Champion Female.
Mr Englund chose the heifer as his champion female, because he sess her as female, ‘With a great future. She is very feminine, but still carries the length and depth of body we want to see in our programs.’
Pinkie was pipped at the post for the Champion Interbreed exhibit by stablemate, Quarterway NAB winning the overall title after winning Senior and Grand Champion Angus bull and Champion Interbreed bull.
Mr Englund admired this bull for, ‘His depth of body, muscle patter and overall structure,’ which saw him over power the competition.
The bull and the heifer came together to take out the title of Interbreed Pair.
See results below
Launceston Cocktail Function
The evening event moved to Launceston where Angus enthusiasts came together to celebrate the achievements of the Angus breed and the crowd were regaled with tales of the past, with Angus Australia’s CEO Peter Parnell joined by Tasmanian Angus breeders, Peter Hughes and Gerald Archer to reflect on the achievements of the breed and celebrate the future that it has in the beef industry.
Peter Hughes paid tribute to all of the Tasmanian members that have contributed to the growth of the breed in Tasmania, as well as highlighting some of the factors that contributed to the breeds success.
‘The biggest thing for the Angus Society was the Japanese demand for Angus cattle and then a feedlot was set up in about 1980, which saw tremendous change for the Angus breed in not only Tasmania, but for the breed around the world.’
‘Objective measurement and performance recording was another factor that brought the breed to the fore and it has gone ahead since then.’
Gerald Archer highlighted how the Angus breed was the poor man’s breed that had a long way to go, ‘But since then has certainly achieved success.’
‘The development of Angus week for bull sales and then the feedlot opening, was the cream on the cake that drove success in Tasmania.’
In looking at overall achievements for the breed across Australia and what helped further develop the success for Angus, Mr Archer also touched on, the development of the Suzuki Classic in Wodonga, the National Judging Competition, development of BREEDPLAN and the beginning of Certified Australian Angus Beef.
Peter Parnell highlighted how the breed and Angus Australia has developed from humble beginnings when a small group of like-minded breeders came together to form an association and set up and maintain a herd book, to the transformation from a traditional breed society to a modern day innovation company very focused on research and development, bringing the best tools available to members to enhance the breed into the future.
‘Pioneer performance recorders, including Tasmanian breeders with a lot of data were pivotal in the development of the breed and the research and development being conducted in the beef industry.’
Tasmanian State Committee Chairman summed the night up by saying that, ‘Angus breeders should have enormous pride in the breed. The breeders in the room have such great stories and the people associated with Angus are amazing. While the Angus breed has a great a great brand it is the people that have made this happen. Without their commitment, we wouldn’t be standing here celebrating.’
Junior Champion Bull – Quarterway Princeton, exhibited by Quarterway Angus
Reserve Junior Champion Bull – Circle 8 Rearview Mirror P105, exhibited by Londavra Angus
Senior Champion Bull – Quarterway NAB, exhibited by Quarterway Angus
Reserve Senior Champion Bull- Quarterway Miles, exhibited by Quarterway Angus
Grand Champion Bull – Quarterway NAB, exhibited by Quarterway Angus
Junior Champion Female – Quarterway Pinkie, exhibited by Quarterway Angus
Reserve Junior Champion Female – Quarterway Protect, exhibited by Quarterway Angus
Senior Champion Female – Quarterway Karla, exhibited by Quarterway Angus
Reserve Senior Champion Female – Valley Hill Nala, exhibited by Valley Hill Angus
Grand Champion Female – Quarterway Pinkie, exhibited by Quarterway Angus
Interbreed Pair – Quarterway Angus
Junior Interbreed Champion – Quarterway Princeton, exhibited by Quarterway Angus
Reserve Junior Interbreed Champion Bull – Circle 8 Rearview Mirror P105, exhibited by Londavra Angus
Senior Champion Interbreed Bull – Quarterway NAB, exhibited by Quarterway Angus
Supreme Interbreed Bull – Quarterway NAB, exhibited by Quarterway Angus
Reserve Senior Champion Interbreed Bull – Quarterway Miles, exhibited by Quarterway Angus
Junior Champion Interbreed Female – Quarterway Pinkie, exhibited by Quarterway Angus
Reserve Junior Interbreed Champion Female – Quarterway Protect, exhibited by Quarterway Angus
Senior Champion Interbreed Female – Quarterway Karla, exhibited by Quarterway Angus
Reserve Senior Interbreed Champion Female – Valley Hill Nala, exhibited by Valley Hill Angus
Interbreed Champion Female Quarterway Pinkie, exhibited by Quarterway Angus
Champion Interbreed Exhibit – Quarterway NAB, exhibited by Quarterway Angu