Herefords in the spotlight

Battalion Black Hawk, awarded Grand Champion Bull at the 2016 Glen Innes Bull Show and Sale. Battalion Hereford Stud will be showing cattle at the Hereford Feature Show.

Battalion Black Hawk, awarded Grand Champion Bull at the 2016 Glen Innes Bull Show and Sale. Battalion Hereford Stud will be showing cattle at the Hereford Feature Show.

The age-old Hereford cattle breed is to be a feature at this year’s Glen Innes Agricultural Show in a special Hereford feature show.

Show society president Andrew Hancock said he is excited.

The Hereford breed is known for its docile temperament.

Also known for the characteristic white face and red body colouring, this British breed has a long history in Australia. 

With a reputation for excellent meat quality and being one of the most highly adaptable breeds in the world, it quickly became popular in Australia.

The Hereford was one of the most popular breeds early in its introduction to Australia.

Over recent years there has been a resurgence in interest in this breed again.

“Our beautiful grounds are starting to fill up with different types of attractions and stalls,” Mr Hancock said.

“The stud committee are ready for the Hereford show.

“The various sub committees are all busy working, taking entries, getting ready for the big weekend,” he said.

Mr Hancock is encouraging everyone to come to the show and enjoy a great family weekend.

Over 170 cattle entries have been received so far.

So far 75 cattle are entered for the Hereford feature show.

Exhibitors are from across northern NSW and southern Queensland.

The Hereford judge is Steven Peake from Barraba.

Mr Peake owns Peake Angus and Bowen Herefords.

Exhibitors will be looking to take out supreme exhibit the Battalion Hereford perpetual trophy, which will be announced on Saturday afternoon in the main ring.

Show trustee, committee member and Principal of Tirranna Herefords Mike Norton will be exhibiting at the show.

“The studs are passionate about concentrating on selecting vastly improved genetics to satisfy the ever changing consumer demand for excellent Hereford beef,” Mr Norton said.

“It is pleasing to see the line up for the show will include a number of cattle bred using American ‘Line 1’ genetics from Montana.

“This is broadening and improving the Hereford genetic pool in Australia, which should ensure the longevity of the breed,” he said.

“We are fortunate to have the opportunity to welcome Richard Norton, managing director of MLA, to this year’s show.

“Richard will be conducting an open question and answer session at the gourmet fiesta marquee at 11.50.

“He will also be appearing at the stud cattle arena on Friday afternoon,” he said.

The Hereford feature show will sash the champion Hereford bull and champion Hereford female with Glen Innes tartan ribbons.

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