The 151st Canterbury A & P Show was held in Christchurch (NZ) this week. It is the largest show of its type in New Zealand and attracts people from all over the country for its three day programme.
There are now very few Limousin cattle shown in New Zealand but this Show remains one of the few occasions where Limousin retains a strong presence. The James’ Family (Ben More) have been stalwarts for almost 40 years and again had a strong representation. Gary Kennett and Marilyn Montgomery (Piwakawaka) have become regulars and again turned up with a more modest sized team.
It was also a nice surprise to see NSW breeder Ron Andrews (ClearDay Park) at the Show. A number of other local breeders were also there to support the show teams.
One of the guest judges was Daryl Bott, Chairperson of Limousin NZ. Daryl judged a number of classes and received very positive feedback from the commentators and other judges for his thorough assessment when announcing his decisions. Daryl will no doubt be invited back after such a strong performance.
The yearling heifer class in particular was keenly contested with a very even line-up of animals. A three year old cow and calf shown by Gary & Marilyn took out the Supreme Champion award and then went on to be placed in the prestigious Meat and Wool Cup. Australian readers may be interested to learn that the grandsire of her polled heifer calf-at-foot is Mandayen Guardian A488.
Line-up of yearling and two year old heifers from the Ben More and Piwakawaka studs in final preparation before parading.
Daryl Bott (judge) watches Piwakawaka Florence and Julieta step out led by Marilyn Montgomery and Gary Kennett. Florence went on to be awarded Supreme Champion.
Piwakawaka Florence was named Supreme Champion Limousin. The polled heifer calf-at-foot includes bloodlines from Mandayen Guardian A488 and ROMN Justice.