CLANFINGON Vagabond impressed his new owners in the Belted Galloways section at the Royal Adelaide Show, where he was junior and grand champion bull.
Pam Brown, Red Ochre Stud, Camden, NSW, purchased Vagabond from Judith McKinnon's Clanfingon stud, Mount Torrens, as a nine-month-old calf.
Looking to introduce new genetics into her red Belted Galloways, Ms Brown said she chose a black-and-white bull to get an outcross of bloodlines and maintain muscle.
Vagabond was reserve junior champion Belted Galloway bull at the Galloway National Show and Sale at Bendigo, Vic, earlier in the year, and Ms Brown was more than impressed with her purchase.
"I had been trying to find a really good bull and I have known Judith a long time - she breeds some of the best cattle in the country," she said.
Judge Charles Wallace, Woodbourn stud, Cressy, Tas, said Vagabond was a "sirey" type of calf, with "great butt shape".
"He has lots of muscle through the back area - when you get behind him he has great butt shape," he said.
Vagabond, 16 months and 495 kilograms, had fat scores of 4 millimetres for rump and 3mm for rib.
Clanfingon stud showed the junior and grand champion female and grand champion heifer Clanfingon Venus, rising 14 months, and again the judge commented on the strong shape at the back end.
"She is a meat machine with a heap of muscle while retaining femininity, and really appealing," Mr Wallace said.
* Full report in Stock Journal, September 19 issue, 2013.