A YOUNG bull "exuding sire appeal" from the Tiller family's Goolagong stud, Warnertown, was awarded supreme exhibit in the Santa Gertrudis judging.
Junior champion bull Goolagong Titan T331 rose through the ranks as judge Roger Evans, Nagel Park Shorthorns, Tamworth, NSW, said he had a tremendous amount of "balance, power and strength through the spine".
"He is only 12 months of age, but he just exudes sire appeal," he said.
"I love that angle of rear hock, love that refinement and angle of the shoulder, just admire that head and neck extension, with that strength of jaw, even his testicular development for a bull of his age is admirable.
"He floated around the ring with natural structure and balance."
Titan weighed 580 kilograms, had an eye muscle area of 101 square centimetres, 8 millimetre rib and 9mm rump fats.
Goolagong's Heath Tiller said Titan had been a "standout calf" by one of their new sires Bullmakinka Quarantine Q40, and would be used over stud heifers and in their crossbreeding herd before being sold at the Santa Central Sale [in Qld] next year.
Judge Evans said both Santa Gertrudis grand champions were "what we really need in our beef industry - strength in the skeletal structure, balance, structure integrity, diversity in breeding".
The grand champion female - Burramurra 358 exhibited by Mark Bazeley, Riverina Wool, Moama, NSW - was a five-year old-cow with a six-week-old calf at-foot.
Mr Evans said the senior champion female was "standing the test of time extremely well".
"She's structurally very sound, naturally balanced, with good head and neck extension, tremendous strength of muzzle, which follow right through to her loin region, tremendous capacity in her udder, and its that degree of structural correctness and length of body that follows through to her young poddy in behind," he said.
Burramurra 358 was also the mother of Riverina Wool's junior champion Santa female Burramurra 491.
Senior champion bull went to Nangaringa Salah from the Fogden family's Nangaringa stud near Loxton.
Judge Evans admired the 22-month-old's "softness and muscle pattern, and tremendous testicular development".
Sired by Tookey Creek P18, Salah weighed 786kg, had 124EMA, 10mm rib and 10mm rump fat.
Also claiming the title last year, Nangaringa went on to be named most successful exhibitor with their team of six, which also included the reserve junior champion bull, reserve junior champion female, sire's progeny group for Tookey Creek P18, and best breeders group.