Canowindra Show 2019 defies odds, gains numbers in drought

Despite clashing with the Royal Melbourne Show and the continued drought conditions in the Central West, Canowindra Show cattle numbers were up on September 27.

About fifteen head from five different breeds including Murray Grey, Red Angus, Shorthorn, Santa Gertrudis and Poll Hereford were on show.

Dangarra Ladasha P4, a 13-month-old Murray Grey heifer from Dangarra Murray Gey stud, Errowanbang, took out supreme exhibit on the day.

Sired by Silver Hills Farm Hannibal and from Arki Youron, she impressed judge Marcus McMahon, Tennyson Park Murray Greys, Blayney, with her overall correctness.

Ladasha P4 was also the winner of the inaugural heifer classic and won a cash prize and 10 bales of prime lucerne hay from Bereni Pastoral Co, Billimari. Runner up was senior champion Shorthorn female, The Trap Judges Jewel, from the Walker family, Cudal.

In the junior section, the beef cattle paraders was won by Tara Hughes, Condobolin, while first time beef cattle judge Darcy Merchant, Canowindra High School, didn't let that hold her back, taking out champion judge ahead of Tom Mitchell as reserve.

The prime lamb section had 97 entries, with the champion pen of three lambs won by Ian Tremain, Canowindra.

Champion lamb of the show and reserve champion pen of three lambs went to the Lawrence family, Goonigal Poll Dorset stud, Canowindra, with their Goonigal Poll Dorset sired lambs. They also were most successful exhibitor of the prime sheep section.

Numbers in the Poll Dorset and White Suffolk sections were also good considering the season with 85 head entered.

Richard Hawken of Thurlstone Poll Dorset and White Suffolk studs, Cookamidgera, was named the most successful exhibitor of Australian British Breeds.

In the Merino section, Brundanella Merino and Poll Merino stud, Grenfell, had a dominate performance taking home most successful exhibitor, grand champion ram and grand champion ewe. Their ram went on to be the supreme exhibit of the show judged by Shaun Kopp of Towonga stud, Peak Hill.