Melbourne Show Wrap Up
Posted on October 17 at 10:03PM.
Many of us are currently recovering from a very successful presentation at the 2008 Royal Melbourne Show Feature Breed - it has been a great promotional exercise for the Welsh Blacks! Many thanks and congratulations to all those who exhibited, helped and contributed towards a most memorable and enjoyable event - you know who you are and what you have achieved. A huge thank you goes to our sponsors - they are an essential part of the equation. Carol Mazurek, our Secretary, is an amazing lady and a great support for us all - thank you, Carol.
We must also give our heartfelt thanks to our student helpers from Rutherglen High School and Cathedral College, Wangaratta - keen, friendly and eager to learn from the day they started preparing their steers for the carcass competition to the actual hard graft at Melbourne. With our huge numbers of beef cattle present for Feature Breed, most exhibitors were very glad of the extra hands! The students are already looking forward to their next entry to Royal Melbourne with a good dose of experience under their belt. Let's not overlook the two teachers in charge: Sarah Rae and Candace Potter - great colonels-in-chief and brimming with enthusiasm. Their educator on all things bovine, Mark Woodstock, has been fantastic with the student organisation and we thank him deeply. Gwinganna Karen and Silver Metal Kiss-me-Kate will soon be on their way to Rutherglen to start their breeding and showing lives with the students. We wish them good luck and will welcome seeing all their great efforts pay off.
The RASV have endorsed our achievements and feel we should be "very proud of our presentation all round". The verdict of our British judge, Mrs Carmel Allan, was that the line-up in Melbourne of 46 entries was as good if not better than any line-up she would have expected at a British show. Coming from a Welsh Black judge and breeder of long experience and with a vast knowledge of the Welsh Black breed standards, that is really a fantastic compliment to us all and tells us that we are getting it very right here in Australia.
We must also thank the wonderful choir members of the Australian Welsh Male Choir - the performance was a first at the Royal Melbourne and made a huge impression. Bob & Valerie did a great job helping all round, wearing their Welsh costumes. It was great to meet the Reverend Sion Gough-Hughes of the Melbourne Welsh Church, who gave all the cattle in the shed a blessing in Welsh and in English - diolch yn fawr iawn y chi, Parch.
All photos by Wayne Jenkins
Mrs Carmel Allen with Colin and Tania Sedgman, Granite Ridge Welsh Blacks
Junior Champion Female Sashed by Sally White, Stock and Land
Mrs Carmel Allen, John Fox, RASV President and Silver Metal Investment P/L Silver Metal Kane, Junior Champion Bull
Mrs Carmel Allen and Alan Furborough, with Buchanan Park Knockout
Reserve Champion Junior Bull
Supreme Exhibit Blackwater Park Jonno owned by Maldwyn Stud with
Supreme Exhibit Blackwater Park Jonno, owned by Maldwyn Stud
L to R, Mr Ian Allan, Judge Mrs Carmel Allan, Malcolm Douglass, Carol Mazurek Secretary,
Silver Metal Delmi (weight 1385kg ) on display in the MLA ring.