Kerlson Pines scores another clean sweep

Kerlson Pines scores another clean sweep


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KERLSON Pines Poll Hereford stud, Keith, achieved a clean sweep of the Royal Adelaide Show Hereford judging once again, following on from last year's success.

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KERLSON Pines Poll Hereford stud, Keith, achieved a clean sweep of the Royal Adelaide Show Hereford judging once again, following on from last year's success.

The Wilson family took home all the champion ribbons on offer, including grand champion bull and female.

Grand champion female was Kerlson Pines Last Day L24, a four-year-old cow with five-month-old bull calf at-foot.

Last Day L24 was sired by Allendale Anzac H181 and out of Kerlson Pines Last Day F115, and won the grand champion female sash at Adelaide in 2017.

"It's got the structure, it's got beautiful feet and really has that outlook, it carries its head well around the ring and that calf is going to be one hell of a calf when it matures into a bigger bull," judge Trent Johnstone, Trojon Shorthorns, Lyndhurst, NSW, said.

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The junior champion female, Kerlson Pines Last Day P124, was from the same cow family as the grand champion female.

The heifer was one of the first progeny by a new sire at Kerlson Pines, Mawarra Ohio L416. The Wilsons bought Ohio L416 for $36,000 in partnership with Oakdowns stud, Bordertown, in 2017.

Last Day P124 was the youngest female on show and Mr Johnstone said it was easy to see how the stud was able to breed young females such as the junior champion when it had cows like the senior champion.

"Depth of body, overall capacity but still wrapped up in a good-structured animal is something to behold and is really going to take the breed further forward, females like that, I believe, not only the breed but the beef industry," Mr Johnstone said.

Kerlson Pines stud principal Mark Wilson said he was impressed with the growth and muscle of junior and grand champion bull Kerlson Pines Magrath P037, which weighed 762kg at 15 months of age, and had an eye muscle area of 120 square centimetres, 13 millimetre rump fat and 9mm rib fat.

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The bull was by the $40,000 sire Allendale Gambler L143, which Kerlson Pines bought at Herefords Australia's Dubbo National Sale in NSW, as was the bull calf on the grand champion female.

Mr Wilson said Allendale Gambler L143 had also sired their two reserve champion steers at the same show - one in the heavy domestic and one in the lightweight championship.

Mr Johnstone said he admired the maturity pattern of the grand champion bull.

"It's a bull at this age that is already starting to crest up ... we are in the business of getting them there as quick as we can and as heavy as we can and I believe this bull would be a bull that would get you there," he said.

"I really admire the softness and doing ability of this bull, it sets up on a beautiful set of feet and if you get behind it, it has plenty there in the reproductive area, for a bull of that age it is quite impressive."

Kerlson Pines' winning form continued in the group classes, with the stud victorious in the pair of bulls under 20 months, bull and female under 20 months, and the breeders' group.

The stud went on to claim its third consecutive most successful Hereford exhibitor prize.

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