A South African Black Angus bull of the Fredericksburg Angus Stud in Franschhoek was the winner in the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) National Special Performance Test Class category at this year’s ARC National Beef Performers Awards held recently at the Jacaranda Agricultural Show in Pretoria.
According to Llewellyn Angus, one of the judges for this category, the winning bull showed good mobility and had a strong, masculine build.
“We chose the Black Angus bull because it has a strong muscular head, the forequarter and hindquarter are well balanced. He is well filled out his inner and outer thighs […] [and has a] very good sirloin all the way through his back.”
The awards, presented by the National Beef Recording and Improvement Scheme (NBRIS) of the Agriculture Research Council (ARC), showcases the country’s most outstanding achievers in breeding genetically superior animals through the use of performance recording.
There were 23 recipients in the ARC National Best Elite Cow Award category sponsored by Farmer’s Weekly. The award is given to breeders whose cows demonstrate exceptional performance figures.
Editor of Farmer’s Weekly, Denene Erasmus, said that this was the 38th year that the ARC National Best Elite Cow Award was presented, and that Farmer’s Weekly was proud to have sponsored this award since its inception.
Other awards included:
ARC National Young Breeder of the Year Award
ARC National Small-scale Commercial Beef Producer of the Year Award
ARC National Beef Cattle Improvement Herd of the Year Award
ARC National Platinum Bull Award
ARC National KyD Province of the year award
ARC National Emerging Beef Farmer of the Year Award
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