The cow with her seventh calf at-foot a nine month-old bull calf was exhibited by the Cook family, Rangan Charolais stud, Charleroi. She topped the 50 exhibits from 15 studs.
Royal Melbourne Show judge debutante Geordie Elliot, GC Livestock, was impressed by the cow’s functionality, size and “…the way she’s held up with age”.
Graeme Cook agreed that she stood out for her quality, longevity, structural soundness (including of her feet and udder) as well as her volume. He said the cow weighed 950kg and her bull calf 450kg just before the show.
“She’s a lovely, big, soft cow,” Mr Cook said.
The 200-cow strong stud also had the supreme exhibit of last year’s feature breed show, with her full ET sister that is two years younger.
“We still have the dam of these cows, C7, who’s 10 years-old,” Mr Cook said.
“The biggest thrill is seeing my daughters leading the cattle.”
For supreme, she beat the junior and grand champion bull Kenmere Syngerys Man (P) exhibited by Ann-Marie and Matt Collins, Kenmere Charolais, Holbrook, NSW.
“He’s an exceptional bull all the way to the top,” Mr Elliott said, adding he had a beautiful spring of rib, power and a lot of red meat.
The son of Ashwood Park Synergy G29 weighed 730kg and scanned 124sqcm EMA and 9mm fat on the rump and 5mm on the rib.