The Baker family from Millicent, South Australia have taken out the top prize in the 2016 Royal Melbourne Show Beef Cattle Competition, with their four-year-old Woonallee Simmental awarded Supreme Beef Breed exhibit yesterday afternoon.
Tom and Elizabeth Baker accepted the award supported by Bickleys Transport and Hanging Rock Winery, which includes a $5,000 cash prize.
Conducted annually by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), the 2016 competition attracted 721 entries from more than 140 exhibitors.
With a commitment to showcasing and celebrating Victorian agriculture, the competition offers participants the opportunity to benchmark their livestock and receive invaluable feedback from both local and international industry experts. RASV CEO, Mark O’Sullivan said the 2016 Royal Melbourne Show Beef Cattle Competition highlighted the quality of the production of beef in Australia.
“The entries into this year’s competition were of exceptional standard and we congratulate the Baker family of Woonallee Simmentals on being awarded the coveted title of Supreme Beef Breed Exhibit.”
This year’s feature breed, the Charolais, topped two of the four classes in the Beef Interbreed, with Mount Macedeon stud, Waterford Charolais presented Junior Champion Beef Breed Heifer and Meandarra’s Elite Cattle Co. awarded Supreme Senior Champion Beef Breed Bull.