The RASV Heifer Challenge will travel through Victoria and into New South Wales over nine days beginning on Friday 27 January 2017 as part of Stock & Land Beef Week, with Competition Judge Alex McDonald to visit more than 50 properties.
The event recognises excellence in herd replacement females in seed stock operations and will culminate in the RASV Heifer Challenge Celebratory Dinner, proudly sponsored by Rural Finance and Rural Bank on Tuesday 7 February.
Throughout Stock & Land Beef Week, producers have the opportunity to view quality herd replacement females at the participating Heifer Challenge properties.
Animals will be judged on a number of criteria including breed characteristics, maternal potential, uniformity, temperament, overall presentation and structural correctness.
Mr McDonald is currently employed by the Agricultural Business Research Institute where he manages the Australian Cattle Genetics Export Agency and the Southern Beef Technology Services and Tropical Beef Technology Services extension projects.
“RASV’s Heifer Challenge is an excellent opportunity for seedstock breeders to showcase, market and develop their breeding operation,” said Mr McDonald.
“I look forward to seeing the calibre of entrants the competition attracts in 2017.”
The winner will be awarded a $3000 cash prize as part of the prestigious honour, with $1500 awarded to reserve champion.
The Challenge is held as part of Stock & Land Beef Week, which is Australia’s biggest on-farm open day beef industry event.