HE'S not even two years old yet, but KBV Legacy has a bright future ahead of him.
The stunning simmental, bred by Marty Rowlands and Stephen Lean, of KBV Simmental in Murphys Creek, picked up Toowoomba Royal Show's Supreme Stud Cattle Exhibit last week after a strong start out of the gates at last year's Ekka.
Mr Rowlands said they had kept their eye on Legacy from the start and had high hopes for him, a conviction that was borne out at his inaugural Ekka appearance.
The 18-month-old, sired by Bar 5 SA Harrach, looked better than ever as he took the ring at the Heritage Bank Toowoomba Royal Show.
"Legacy was the reserve junior champion bull at Ekka 2016," Mr Rowlands said.
"We have been watching him grow into arguably the best bull KBV has ever bred.
"He has all the attributes we look for in a sire coupled with tremendous growth and carcase attributes."
The stunning animal has a busy few months ahead on the show circuit before going up for sale later in the year.
"There has been a lot of emphasis placed on our breeding program over the previous years to ensure we are meeting market requirements of our buyers," Mr Rowlands said.
"Legacy will be our lead bull at this year's Meldon Park Simmental bull sale in Moura on September 25.
"He will be shown at the Toogoolawah feature show and Royal Queensland Show."
Legacy's big win meant even more to the KBV duo after it landed them the prestigious Malcolm McCosker memorial trophy for the second time, no mean feat for any breeding program.
Not to be outdone on the female side of things, KBV also picked up Grand Champion Female with 32-month-old KBV Kiki (P), helped to victory by her stunning calf.
"She is a great cow displaying plenty of maternal traits, has a bull calf at foot by TNT Bootlegger," Mr Rowlands said.
"There's no doubt the bull calf helped her win the award as a package.
"We always go to events like Toowoomba to showcase our stock to the public and certainly it's very rewarding to come out with some good wins."
Mr Rowlands said it had been a tough season on the farm leading up to the business end of the show circuit, but recent rains brought some relief and the place was greening up nicely.
"All the hard work leading up to an event really pays off when you take home the big award," he said.
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