13th May 2021
Best brangus at Rocky
Coonabarabran-based Viamonte Brangus has taken out a significant award at 2021 Beef Australia, held in Rockhampton, Queensland last week.
The stud’s 25-month- old Brangus bull, “Viamonte Red Endure” claimed grand champion bull honours in a hotly- contested line-up between some of the best stud cattle Australia has to offer.
Beef Australia is held every three years and has grown to become the cattle industry’s national exhibition, attracting over 100,000 people from across Australia and around the world.
Exhibited by Martin Lill and David McKean, “Viamonte Red Endure” weighed in at 920 kilograms and had an EMA of 130cm2.
Judge, Ben Noller, acknowledged the superb effort of breeders in preparing their animals had made his job very difficult.
Mr Noller also noted Red Endure was far from the largest bull in the ring, but said he was the most correct and well put together.
Martin Lill said the judge’s comments reflected his own thoughts about the bull and the ‘shift’ the Viamonte Stud had made in its own breeding program.
“Many progressive breeders are changing their philosophy to be less about performance and more about productivity and efficiency,” Mr Lill said.
In light of the recent drought, Mr Lill said he was focused on using animals in the most effective way to help the landscape recover.
Red Endure is now being offered for sale and will be offered at the Brangus National Sale in October, if not sold privately beforehand.