For the first time, the Simmental breed triumphed in the Champion of Champions crossbreeding competitions which are the culmination of the Ekka cattle competition.
They won the female and pair awards, while the Angus breed won the Champion of Champions bull award.
Women’s Champion of Champions
They call her Supermodel, and she lived up to her name on Friday afternoon, parading the Royal National Association stage for Ellendale Red Simmentals, only to be beaten by the female crossover winner.
Travis Iseppi and Julie Pocock Iseppi were elated when judge David Bondfield announced that their second three-year-old calf, Ellendale Red Supermodel, had won the ultimate honor on the Ekka stage.
Supermodel originated from a cow that won the Grand Female Champion at Beef Australia in 2000. She was praised by Julie as a super productive, really decent hen who offered a lot of power.
The excitement continued for the Iseppi later that afternoon when Ellendale Red Supermodel helped the Simmental breed make history by winning the pair competition for the first time.
Pair of Champions of Champions
Meldon Park Matador and Ellendale Red Supermodel were the successful combination of Simmental which received the judge’s approval in the mixed race couples competition.
The bull was from Lucrana General of a local breed female from Meldon Park, representing all Queensland lineages.
Meldon Park Matador, owned by Rodney, Lis and Bec Skene, Meldon Park, Dalby, is 27 months old, weighs 1002 kg and has an EMA of 137 cm².
Julie Pocock Iseppi of Ellendale Red Simmentals said it had been wonderful to win with the Skene, who were great friends of the family.
“We took a great team to Beef and we were wondering if we were even going to the Ekka – I was the one pushing to come, but Travis is pretty happy with that now,” she said.
Champion of Champions bull
Longtime exhibitors Greg and Sharon Fuller and their daughter, Christie Kennedy, won the bull cross title with Pine Creek Newsman for the Angus breed.
Weighing 858kg, with an EMA of 127 square centimeters, he was described by Judge Bondfield as the proudest bull in the line, with an excellent combination of carcass qualities, smoothness and good testicle play.
Newsman had previously won the Junior Bull and Grand Champion Angus Bull awards.
It will be heading to the Adelaide and Melbourne shows and is intended for the Centennial Angus feature film at Sydney Royal next year.
The Australian seed industry received praise from David Bondfield at the end of the judgment, who told viewers that rather than importing genetics, Australian seeds should export.
“Here we can see the best seed stock in the world,” he said.
Ivan and Helen Price, Moongool Charolais, Surat, were elected the people’s choice by the general public.