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Proven cow reigns supreme at 151st Mt Pleasant show
By CARLA WIESE-SMITH
CRACKING weather was the per-
fect backdrop for a successful day
of beef cattle judging at the 151st
Mount Pleasant Show last month.
A huge turnout of 21 studs
from as far north as Crystal Brook
presented about 80 cattle for
judge Dean Afford, Lyndoch, and
associate Jessie Thomson, Jiranda
Murray Greys, Gumeracha.
A proven cow from Bluegum Hill
Limousins, Echunga, topped the
day, snaring the supreme exhibit
ribbon ahead of a handy young
bull from Glental Simmentals,
Mallala. Foone Gayle, by Mandayen
Cookie Monster Z348 and from
Ramornie Gayle A24, won the top
gong for Lorren Hampton and
Mr Afford described the cow as
“very sound, structurally good and
feminine” with “plenty of length
and free moving”.
“She also has good muscle
expression without being overly
muscled, consequently showing her
femininity,” he said.
Gayle had earlier won the cham-
pion female ribbon ahead of her
stablemate and daughter Bluegum
Champion bull Glental Dimension
by Woonallee Dimension and
from Woonallee Vasti H86, was
exhibited by Lewis Bruggemann
and commended by the judge for
his excellent muscle expression
and structural soundness.
“He is a very good young
bull – he should be a bull we will
see a lot more of in the future,” Mr
Reserve champion bull was
awarded to Caithness Jacko, exhib-
ited by Shirley Barker, Caithness
Charolais, Mount Barker.
In the prestigious Coopers Cow
Calf Classic, a Red Angus cow took
the top honours with her young
bull calf at foot.
Drayton Park Ashlee was exhib-
ited by Jessica Burpee, Drayton
Park Red Angus, Meadows.
Most successful exhibitor title
went to the Koopman family’s
Bottlesford Murray Grey stud,
Echunga, and owner
with the all-breeds
Foone Gayle and
Jiranda Murray Greys,
All-breeds reserve champion female
went to Bluegum Hill Gayle, exhibited
by Lorren Hampton, Bluegum Hill
Limousins, Echunga, held by Breah
Marston, Echunga, and sashed by
associate judge Jessie Thomson,
Jiranda Murray Greys, Gumeracha.
Lewis Bruggemann, Glental Simmentals, Mallala,
exhibited the all-breeds champion bull Glental
Dimension, sashed by judge Dean Afford,
The all-breed reserve champion bull
was Caithness Jacko, exhibited by
Caithness Charolais, Mount Barker.
Judge Dean Afford, Lyndoch, is
sashing the bull held by Emma
Judge Dean Afford (left), Lyndoch, and associate Jessie Thomson
(right), Jiranda Murray Greys, Gumeracha, selected Drayton Park
Ashlee as the winner of the prestigious Coopers Cow Calf Classic.
Ashlee was exhibited by Jessica Burpee, Drayton Park Red Angus,
Meadows, with calf Lucas held by Judith McKinnon, Mount Torrens.
Ellis Farm Consultancy’s Simon Ellis, Verdun, says bushfire clean-up and repair
should be viewed as an ideal opportunity to improve property layouts and
Fire-hit land needs
extra pasture care
By CARLA WIESE-SMITH
IN THE wake of the Sampson
Flat bushfire, which devastated
about 12,500 hectares across the
Adelaide Hills in January, there are a
number of things for landholders to
undertake and consider.
One of the most pressing issues
for those with livestock is when they
can return their animals to their
properties and, following that, how
best to manage pasture and stock.
A series of workshops hosted
by Natural Resources Adelaide &
Mount Lofty Ranges and presented
by farm consultant Simon Ellis last
month sought to assist landholders
as they continued the long road to
“I’ve been through six fires and I
guess we’re going to face more, as
the climate is moving,” Mr Ellis said.
“When you take away all the
ground cover, it’s like overgrazing
the pasture, so you’re going to have
more broadleaf weeds; I don’t think
there’s any question they’re going to
be in abundance.”
In the first year following fire,
getting on top of those weeds would
“Otherwise they’ll set buckets of
seed and that could have implica-
tions into the future,” he said.
Bare ground favoured broadleafed
plants and those affected by fire
should prepare for capeweed, salva-
tion jane and geranium, particularly
“Be ready to get on top of them,”
“The other side of that equation is
if that’s the only plant that’s there, we
don’t want to be killing it, because
then there’ll be nothing to hold the
“It’s a balancing act, it depends
what else has germinated as well as
those broadleaf weeds.
“Hopefully, and from what I’ve
seen so far, there will be other stuff
With light rainfall through the
Hills, clover was another plant which
could germinate, and Mr Ellis was
quick to assure landholders that
while this had already occurred,
there would still be a “whole swag”
of seed in the ground to germinate
next time, thanks to clover’s soft and
“One of the key things is, you
really don’t want to graze those
plants (weeds and grasses) between
now and probably the end of July,”
“When you graze a plant, you take
the top down and the roots shrink,
and they try and move nutrients to
replace what’s been eaten. The less
you graze it, the better its recovery
“Keeping stock off your pasture
between now and quite late in the
season (depending on when it rains)
is going to be important.”
Leaving perennial grasses ungrazed
this summer, autumn and winter
would allow them to recover well.
“You’ll be pleasantly surprised
with what can recover,” Mr Ellis
“If you want quicker, stronger
response from your perennials –
don’t graze them.”
There was also quite a bit of dan-
delion, or flat weed, around which
Mr Ellis said was not necessarily as
bad as some might think.
“It’s not a high producer, it holds
the ground, and stock happily eat
it,’’ he said.
Getting grazing under control was
the most important thing before
considering resowing pasture.
“You need to be prepared not to
have livestock back on until the end
of July, maybe August,” he said.
While bushfire could be devastat-
ing, there was a silver lining.
“You can start with a blank can-
vas, and come up with a plan (for
fencing). It doesn’t matter the size
of the property – the smaller the
property the smaller the paddocks,
the bigger the property the bigger
“Before you put the fences back
where they were, do a plan.
“For a lot of properties, when you
rebuild the fences you can put them
in better places.”
Now was an ideal opportu-
nity to put into place new ideas and
“Quite often you can end up with
a better-managed farm as a result
of putting those fences in the right
Once plants had recovered and
new fencing was in place, it was
important to rotationally graze
“Maybe one to two weeks, then
rest them until they regrow,” he said.
“That’s going to be the critical bit
for the next couple years.
“For others who have had fire,
they reckon it takes a couple of
years for the pastures to get their
full strength back again – and when
you think about the assault they’ve
suffered, that’s not surprising.”
Pasture needs to be rested until at least July, if not longer, before reintroducing
◗ Hills bushfire destroys 12,500ha
◗ Managing livestock common issue
◗ Some cover better than nothing
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