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Darling Downs blondes impress at Ekka

CHAMPION: Corey Kuhl leads the 2016 Ekka's Grand Champion Blonde D'Aquitaine exhibit, bull Waite A Wyle Livingston.
CHAMPION: Corey Kuhl leads the 2016 Ekka's Grand Champion Blonde D'Aquitaine exhibit, bull Waite A Wyle Livingston. Contributed

BLONDE d'Aquitaine cattle from the Darling Downs has shone at the Ekka.

Both the Grand Champion bull, exhibit and female came from the Downs from two breeders at Maclagan and Oakey.

Grand Champion bull and exhibit Waite A Wyle Livingstone is now the pride of Wayne and Belinda Hess and their family from Maclagan at Waite A Wyle Blondes, while Willroy L 452 took out Grand Champion female for the Werth family from Willroy Blondes at Oakey.

Mr Hess said it was even the first time their stud had taken any cattle to the Ekka.

"We took down two bulls and one heifer, the heifer got first in her class too," Mr Hess said.

"The bull got first in the class for 12 to 16 months and then went on to get Champion Bull and Grand Champion exhibit."

Their champion Waite A Wyle Livingstone was a 13-month-old bull weighing in at 510kg.

"We bred him ourselves, his father was Reserve Champion at the Ekka in 2012," Mr Hess said.

Mr Hess said the judges liked his smoothness and moving ability.

And while he hoped they would do well at Ekka, to claim Grand Champion Exhibit at their first showing was a proud moment.

"It is a Royal Show, so that's what you aim for. It just gives everyone a bit more enthusiasm," Mr Hess said.

Mr Hess also runs a butcher shop, Hesslands at Meringandan, where he puts through his own cattle.

Success from the the Grand Champion exhibit win was also shared by another stud, with the Hess family using one of Willroy Blondes bulls, Willroy G 616, to sire their champion.

Much like the Hess', the Werth family travelled to the Ekka this year for the first time in four years and were lucky enough to claim Grand Champion female.

They stopped going after 2012, where they were the only blonde breeder to attend, but with healthy competition this year they decided to give it another go.

Their winner Willroy L 452 was 17 months old and three months in calf. It was her first time in the show ring.

Willroy blondes also had a bull in the senior class, over 20 months, which claimed second place.

"A little bit of competition is all worth while, knowing where you stand within you stud," Ms Werth said.

Ms Werth said judges comments for their heifer were that she was a lovely, smooth, feminine type female that would make a nice cow.

There were four blonde studs represented at the Ekka this year, also including Meridan Plains at Caloundra and Monal Blondes at Monto.

"They (blondes) are popular but are underestimated more than other breeds," Ms Werth said.

"Once tried you will never go back unless you have to.

"We congratulate the Hess family and the promotion they do locally, it is a huge credit to the breed."

Mr Hess also congratulated the Werth's, crediting them as one of the best blonde breeders. Both Waite A Wyle Blondes and Willroy Blondes have cattle for sale.

Topics:  darling downs ekka toowoomba


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