Livestock

Perfect Ekka fairytale script

CHAMPION: Local cattleman John Brandon (right) and Jade Tighe with Boomerang Park April, who won grand champion senepol female for her fourth consecutive Ekka.
CHAMPION: Local cattleman John Brandon (right) and Jade Tighe with Boomerang Park April, who won grand champion senepol female for her fourth consecutive Ekka. QLD Country Life

WHEN it comes to fairytale wins, Yangan cattleman John Brandon reckons he couldn't have "scripted a better storyline".

His standout cow, Boomerang Park April, took home the prestigious broad ribbon for grand champion senepol female for the fourth consecutive year at the Brisbane Ekka.

The win comes just months after the 44-month-old cow won the championship title at Beef 2012 in Rockhampton.

It wasn't the only glory to come Mr Brandon's way in Brisbane last Friday: his 25-month-old cow, Boomerang Park Lily Sheeba, was named reserve senior champion.

"I am pretty impressed, I don't like to skite, but I don't think there'd be many cows win four titles in a row," Mr Brandon said.

Judge Michael Fahey was also impressed by the "style" of the grand champion female.

He described Boomerang Park April as an "excellent example" of the type of female all cattle producers would like to have in their paddock.

Southern Downs glory in the main arena continued into the Charbrays with Rob and Denise Newcombe's entry, Newcombe's Elsdon being named grand champion bull.

The 32-month-old bull was by Newcombe's Bodman, who won broad ribbons at the Ekka and Beef 2009 and holds the record for the highest-priced Charbray bull in Australia.

Success for the Newcombe family didn't end there.

They also won the junior champion heifer with Newcombe's Jenni and reserve champion junior bull with Newcombe's Goodwin, before stamping their mark in the senior ranks.

"We also won senior champion female with Newcombe's Emita and reserve champion female with Newcombe's Gabrielle," Mrs Newcombe said.

"It was great: we have never taken home this many broad ribbons from the Ekka before."

For more on our Ekka glory see next week's Bush Tele and if you enjoyed success please let us know: 4660 1312.

Topics:  cattle, ekka, livestock, yangan



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