RODNEY Johnannesen has had a good eye for cattle since he was a kid and it has proven handy with the grazier being the first in the world to breed polled Bazadaise.
With his property situated 50km South of Biggenden, Rodney and his wife Karen, have about 300 head of females and had eight Bazadaise cattle represented at this years Ekka in Brisbane, all of which were polled.
With three genetic lines represented in the team of eight, Rodney did well to take home Grand Champion Exhibit, Champion Bull and Champion Cow or Heifer for the Bazadaise breed.
Showing at the Ekka since 2003, Rodney says he's lost count of how many Grand Champions they've won.
"It's been very very good promotion. I try and breed good cattle," he said.
"The bull, I've been taking photos of him since he was a couple of days old. I've admired him from birth and the cow, she was reserve champion last year, champion the year before and her mother was the champion for all three years before that."
When asked the secret to breeding champion cattle, Rodney said it was all about having a good eye.
"Right from a very early age I could recognise qualities in cattle, differences in cattle," he said.
"When I was a kid I would have arguments over what calves belonged to what cows because they would come into the dairy as two and a half year olds or whatever and I would say to dad that's so and so's calve and he would say no it's not but it was."
Rodney was the fourth Bazadaise breeder in Queensland and has admired the breed from the start, especially with their high meat quality.
"I've been breading Bazadaise since 1995 and they came to Australia in 1991," he said.
"The Bazadaise breed comes from mostly the Southern part of France, they were almost wiped out in the war years. The Germans love their meat and their meat quality is something people wouldn't believe and we have become very spoilt with eating Bazadaise meat."
Bazadaise judge for the 2017 Ekka, Anthony Flint who comes from a commercial cattle property near Warwick, said there was an excellent line up for females and bulls in the beef cattle section.
"I really admired the quality of the cattle that were shown here, the females were a wonderful line-up and the bulls were a magnificent line-up," he said.
"I admire the muscle pattern they have through them and the meat that's in them along with the fat coverage they can put on and the marbling they can put through the breed as well."
BAZADAISE EKKA RESULTS
- Cow or heifer 20 months and under 49 months - 1st was Folkslee Kapai bred by Rodney and Karen Johannesen. 2nd was Carabeen Laramie bred by Tony Lomax and 3rd was Folkslee Lace bred by Rodney and Karen Johannesen.
- Champion Cow or heifer was taken out by Folkslee Kapai bred by Rodney and Karen Johannesen.
- Reserve Champion cow or heifer was taken out by Carabeen Laramie bre dby Tony Lomax.
- Bull 12 months and under 16 months was won by Folkslee Major, bred by Rodney and Karen Johannesen.
- Bull 16 months and under 20 months was won by Folkslee Lorry bred by Rodney and Karen Johannesen with 2nd place going to Allandale Marcus bred by Leonard Stevens.
- Bull 20 months and under 24 months was won by Garbrook Kojac bred by Leonard Stevens. With 2nd place going to Folkslee Latino and 3rd place going to Folkslee Lasso, both bred by Rodney and Karen Johannesen.
- Champion Bull went to Folkslee Lorry bred by Rodney and Karen Johannesen.
- Reserve Champion Bull went to Garbrook Kojac bred by Leonard Stevens.
- Grand Champion exhibit was won by Folkslee Lorry bred by Rodney and Karen Johannesen
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