Royal Adelaide Show

Posted on Nov 02 2010
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by Miranda Kenny (courtesy of the Stock Journal)

The lights might have gone out for a while, but Darren Koopman's cattle continued to shine in the Murray Grey cattle classes. In its second year of showing the Bottlesford Murray Grey Stud made a clean sweep of the major awards. On a day marked by horrendous conditions, gale force winds and rain caused a few of the lights to blow in the beef cattle pavillion. But weather failed to dampen the enthusiasm of Mr Koopman who runs the Tungkillo stud with his parents Gerald and Jeannette.

They won supreme champion exhibit with Monterey Joyce, a two year old cow with a 4 month old calf at foot by Jyndarra Warrior. The cow herself was purchased as a calf at foot from the Monterey Stud in Western Australia. Judge Hilary O'Leary, Remolea, Clifton, Queensland, said the cow stood out from the minute she entered the ring. "I love the cleanness of her" he said. "She is not extreme in type, but is a lovely sweet female." The cow earlier won senior champion cow and grand chanpion cow. The Koopman's also won Senior and Grand Champion Bull with Monterey Detective D92, another animal purchased as a calf at foot from the WA stud. At 940 kilograms, the bull had measurement figures of 12 millimetres of P8 fat, 8mm of rib fat and 129 square centimetres of eye muscle area. Mr O'Leary said the bull was a worthy winner.

Among other awards for the day the Koopman's also collected the Reserve Junior Champion Female award with Bottlesford Joyce E34, and  received first place in the sires progeny group.

In the led steer competition the Bottlesford cattle continued the stella performance from the stud classes earlier in the week, with the stud showing four steers for four first places on hoof, and the three highest scoring Murray Grey carcases on hook.