Supreme Exhibit: Thologolong Murray Greys, Thologolong
Grand Champion bull: Maefair, Turramurra, NSW
Senior Champion bull: Maefair
Junior Champion bull: Arki, Western Flat, South Australia
Grand Champion female: Thologolong
Senior Champion cow: Thologolong
Junior Champion heifer: Prairie Falls, Breakaway Creek
Long-time Murray Grey breeder Peter Sutherland, Thologolong stud, has repeated his first success at the Royal Melbourne Show – more than half a century after his first win.
Mr Sutherland and wife Gina took out the Supreme Exhibit rosette with the Senior Champion cow Thologolong Doris SSH1, by Monterey Engine Driver E32, out of Thologolong Doris SS S 23.
“The first show I won here, with a Grand Champion female, was 55 years ago,” he said.
Mr Sutherland said that first win was with Thologolong Moonflower.
‘She was a really brilliant cow,” he said.
The Royal Melbourne had been a great show for the breed.
“We were accepted by the Royal, they did the first registration for Murray Greys, they really got us on the map.”
He said Doris had a rather unusual preparation for the show.
“I only caught this cow four weeks ago, straight out of the paddock,” he said.
“She is a pasture bred cow and she is a natural, she has never been poor in her life and every time she calves she’s as fat as when she weaned the other calf.”
The December 2012-drop cow, with a calf at foot, was described by judge Lucy Newham as structurally correct.
“She carries her age very well, she has a very long, productive life ahead of her as she has got that length, depth and width,” Mrs Newham said.
“She has that capacity, that is so important in our breeders.
“She’s got that beautiful breedy head, is very correct and sound for her age.”
Mrs Newham sashed Maefair, Turramurra, NSW’s Monterey Mighty Man as Senior Champion bull.
The bull was also awarded the Michael Sutherland Memorial Trophy.
Monterey Mighty Man M79 an April-2016 drop bull, by Monterey Hamersley H204, out of Monterey Milkmaid F31, weighed 1020 kilograms had a rump measurement of 23 millimetres, rib measurement of 13mm and an eye muscle area of 131 square centimetres.
Mrs Newham said Mighty Man was a big, large framed animal, of tremendous length.
“He is seamless through the shoulders, with plenty of rib,” she said.
“He has got depth, all the way through, you get beside him, or behind him, and he does have that really nice hindquarter on him.”