Red Angus On Farm challenge

Red Angus overcome show disappointment

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it was to be this year's Royal Melbourne Show feature breed, but Red Angus will still be in the spotlight.

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NEWCOMER: Paul Rathbone,Mt Charlie Red Angus, Riddell's Creek, is taking part in the On-Farm challenge, for the first time.

NEWCOMER: Paul Rathbone,Mt Charlie Red Angus, Riddell's Creek, is taking part in the On-Farm challenge, for the first time.

Nearly 220 head of cattle will feature in this year's Red Angus Society Victoria On-Farm challenge, over the weekend.

The event features 217 head of cattle from 17 farms, covering both Red Angus stud and commercial properties.

Red Angus Society of Australia president, Mr Kevin Heggen said the challenge provided an opportunity for breeders to present their cattle, at a time when COVID-19 restrictions had resulted in shows across the country being cancelled.

"It's been a difficult time for both commercial farms and stud owners with various restrictions in place meaning reduced options for those wanting to showcase their animals and the breed," Mr Heggen said.

"We want to ensure that during these challenging times, producers have a chance to show the huge potential of the Red Angus breed more widely presented in their working environment."

Mt Charlie Red Angus, Riddell's Creek, will be exhibiting in the On-farm challenge for the first time.

RED ANGUS ONFARM: Black Diamond Mistress 35X on the property of Paul Rathbone, Mt Charlie Red Angus, Riddell's Creek

RED ANGUS ONFARM: Black Diamond Mistress 35X on the property of Paul Rathbone, Mt Charlie Red Angus, Riddell's Creek

Co-owner Paul Rathbone said it was a terrific opportunity to demonstrate the great qualities of the breed.

"There has been a strong and growing interest in Red Angus from other producers because of the easy working nature of the cattle, their calving ease, maternal excellence and carcase attributes as well as their tremendous efficiency in beef production," he said.

The Red Angus Society is also celebrating the 50th anniversary of the breed in Australia this year and it was to have been the feature breed at the Royal Melbourne Show.

"It's disappointing the show was cancelled as a result of COVID-19 but we are looking at future events to highlight the terrific capacity of Red Angus once restrictions are lifted," Mr Rathbone said.

Judging of the On-Farm Challenge will be by Rob Onley, from Agri Gene, Noorat.

Mr Onley has been involved in the stud industry for many years working with properties both in Australia and in the USA.

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