Yambuna stud Redgums Red Angus has tasted success on its first trip to the Sydney Royal Easter Show, winning Champion Interbreed Bull last Monday.
For Cliff Downey, who owns and runs the stud with his wife Maree, it was a huge surprise when their 23-month-old bull Redgums Willy won, especially because they only started showing cattle three years ago.
‘‘Even though the bull was really good we didn’t really know how well he would do,’’ Mr Downey said.
With his wife watching the live stream at home, Mr Downey said they were able to share the win together.
‘‘She’s been on the phone screaming ... We’re just so happy.’’
The judges unanimously selected the bull for the win, complimenting its functionality, structure and balance.
The bull also won Grand Champion Red Angus Bull.
Led by Lacey Kelleher and fitted by Trent Storm, Mr Downey said it was a whole team that made the win possible, including their neighbours Wayne and Ronnie Meggs.
‘‘We couldn’t have done it without them,’’ he said.
Other beef breeders from this region also enjoyed success at Sydney.
Barham’s Shane Storm and Sons were awarded Grand Champion Red Poll Female for their entry Stormley Queen-Bee and Reserve Junior Red Poll Champion Female for Stormley Rhonda.
Shepparton’s Matt Cooney was named Most Successful Australian Lowline Exhibitor, and won The Roger Barlow Perpetual Trophy for Best Exhibit for Tarrawarra Fantasia, Grand Champion Australian Lowline Bull with Cann Valley Nut Cracker and Australian Lowline Grand Champion Female with Tarrawarra Fantasia.
Zeerust’s K. and G. Lorains were awarded Senior Champion Australian Lowline Champion Bull with Whitby Farm PT and Reserve Senior Champion Australian Lowline Female with Whitby Farm Vogue.