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ABGA Newsletter August 2019

From The Office

Direct deposits - When paying your account via direct deposit, please use your member number as a reference. This can be found in front of your name on the invoice. By using your member number, it ensures payments can be properly allocated.

Direct Deposit Details
BSB: 032 689
Account number: 13 36 34
Westpac

DNA - If you require any hair kits, please contact the office.

Tattooing - Members need to ensure that when they are registering calves, the animal is registered with a tattoo assigned. Many registration forms are being sent to the office with the tattoo omitted.
Cattle need to be tattooed at registration and definitely before leaving your place when they are sold or being shown.
Animals are given a herd book number at registration by the association, however the member allocates the tattoo.
New Members
The following person has joined since the last Council Meeting. We welcome to the association:

John Nunan                 Full Member                           NSW
Council Members
The following people were announced as Council members at the AGM in July.
NSW : Ian Marjason, Craig Veitch 
QLD: Stephen Habermann 
VIC : Anne Wilson, Ashleigh Michael, Kerry Heazlewood
SA: Jo Kreher
TAS: Glen Prien
WA: Eleonora Greatley

CLICK HERE for contact details for the Council Members.
2019 SA Heifer Expo - by Jo Kreher
 
The South Australia Junior Heifer Expo is held every year at the Adelaide Showgrounds in the second week of South Australia’s July’s school holidays and has been going since 1985.  This year, it was from the 14th to the 18th.  The expo attracted 175 entrants from all states of Australia making it yet another highly successful expo.  Entrants have to be between the ages of 8 and 23 years.  It is an event that is eagerly looked forward to by many with a lot of long lasting friendships formed.  Many of these may not see each other until the next heifer expo.  The committee are now seeing earlier participants having their own children participate.
The main objective of the heifer expo is to encourage livestock enthusiasts to gain knowledge and skills in the many facets of the cattle industry.
There was only 1 Belted Galloway heifer entered, Amrabull Park Pandora who was aged 10 months at the time of the expo and as usual, the beltie did stand out.  She is owned by Luke Godly and Scott Carter.  Lauren Jakeway, aged 23, was her handler and you can read about her experience following this article.  Pandora was entered in Class 2 which was earlier on in the morning and unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, I couldn’t make it for her class and see her and Lauren in the show ring.
Scott, Pandora and Lauren.

ABGA ended up sponsoring Class 7, a group of 12 heifers comprising of Simmentals, red and black Angus and Limousins.  
I was honoured, on behalf of the ABGA, to be able to present the ribbons to the successful exhibitors with the winner in Class 7 being Woonallee Tugela, a Simmental, presented by Luella Western.
South Australian Junior Heifer Expo – a handler’s perspective - By Lauren Jakeway
 
From Monday the 15th of July until Thursday the 18th of July I had the pleasure of being one of the 175 handlers under 24 attending the SA Junior Heifer expo.   Thanks to Scott Carter and Luke Godly, I had the opportunity to take Amrabull Park Pandora. 
Even though the heifer show is ultimately a competition between handlers, it is an incredible opportunity to learn and meet other likeminded people.   Short lectures on topics such as structure of the animal, the use of technology in the agriculture industry, ring craft, clipping and fitting and carcass breakdown filled Monday and Tuesday before we headed to the ring for cattle judging on the Wednesday.
 Having the opportunity to exhibit a Belted Galloway was a great experience!  She drew a lot of attention from judges, stewards and other competitors and was a pleasure to get ready.  Wednesday was a very long day, feeding, cleaning and preparing the animals to be judged.  Pandora and I were both nervous but we both did our best and put our best foot forward in the ring.  Thursday morning we prepared for the show ring once again for the judging of the handlers competition, after being in the ring before, Pandora and I were both much more relaxed this time around and showed off our stuff in the ring.  Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of being able to compete in the SA Junior Heifer Expo with Amrabull Park Pandora, I was proud to have the privilege of showing a great heifer with a sweet and spicy nature that was fun to work with.
I strongly encourage any young handlers to give the heifer expo a try or even come and watch for a day.  I learnt so much and got to know my heifer so well in such a short time.  It was one of the best experiences of my cattle career.
7 Hills Belted Galloways – A Vision For The Future; Yielding Success Today

Alexandrea Teuma and Peter Munday of 7 Hills Belted Galloways have enjoyed considerable success at both the Royal Canberra and Royal Bathurst shows this year. We asked them to tell us a bit about their story, their success, their breeding program and where they would like to see the Belted Galloway breed progressing to in the future.
“What a crazy, yet wonderful few years we have had. Each year just gets bigger and better. This hasn’t just been at shows. It’s been slowly but surely developing our breeding program in a way in which it benefits us, the Belted Galloway breed and the commercial market. We have been focusing on breeding consistent, larger framed, thicker cattle whilst still maintaining structural correctness as we believe this is the future for Belted Galloways to be commercially viable in the Australian Beef Industry. We hope to show the Australian Beef Industry that Belted Galloways aren’t just a “hobby farmer’s breed,” and that Belted Galloway Beef is of a high quality and is consistent. We would love to see more Belted Galloway cattle being exhibited at shows, not only as stud cattle but also in carcase competitions. In the future, we plan to prepare steers for carcase competitions, so that we can get feedback on the meat quality and consistency of the cattle we are producing. We would also like to compare our Belted Galloway steers with other beef breeds in this process and using this data we will be able to see where our cattle are excelling as well as seeing where we could improve. At the end of the day, we are all beef producers and we would love Belted Galloways to be at the forefront of beef in Australia in the future.
“Our journey began in 2012, breeding commercial Belted Galloway cattle and Australian White Sheep on our 220 acre property at Caloola, 40km from Bathurst. Peter bought his first stud Belted Galloway cattle in 2014 and 7 Hills Belted Galloways was established. We have now expanded to a herd of over 30 purebred cattle. We have been lucky to have had great success at all shows we have attended during these years but there have been a few of our favourite achievements.
“During 2018, 7 Hills Nana was awarded Grand Champion Female at The Royal Canberra Show at only 9 months old and then Supreme Exhibit at The Royal Bathurst Show only 2 months later. This year, Nana’s maternal brother 7 Hills Patrick was awarded Calf Champion at The Galloway Family Feature at The Royal Canberra Show. Also at this show, we were blessed to receive not only Belted Galloway Supreme Exhibit but overall Galloway Family Supreme Exhibit with our heifer 7 Hills Nutmeg. Nutmeg also achieved the exact same results at The Royal Bathurst Show as well. Our bull calf 7 Hills Poseidon who is a paternal brother to Nutmeg and Nana was awarded Grand Champion Bull at only 8 months of age at The Royal Bathurst Show this year. It was a delight to see both our cattle go head to head for the Supreme Exhibit and despite the judge not knowing that they were both related, he commented about how consistent our breeding was. As the judge was a Belted Galloway breeder himself, we were very happy with his comments.
“Last year saw our first drop of AI calves and we were pleased with the progeny that were produced. We intend to keep developing our herd through further AI programs and in the future hope to produce ET progeny to expand the gene pool of Belted Galloways. We would love to see our genetics in herds all over Australia and potentially the world. We look forward to seeing the expanding presence of Belted Galloways in Australia and meeting other breeders.”

Alexandrea Teuma & Peter Munday.

Photos below from 7 Hills Belted Galloways - Recent snow event in NSW, Young Bulls & Steers enjoying the new crop and some of the 7 Hills herd enjoying the view.
Freedom Rise Field Day
Freedom Rise Stud, Yarraman, Queensland – Sunday 8th September 2019
 
A reminder and details about the Field Day being hosted by Baden Geeves and Raymond Cross on Sunday 8th September at Freedom Rise Miniature Belted Galloway Stud, 12340 D’Aguilar Hwy, Yarraman, South East Queensland.
 
Cost will be $10.00 per head for Australian Belted Galloway Association Members & Australian Galloway Association members, with non members costing $15.00. A $5.00 cost for children.
 
The day is shaping up to be great day for all participants. So far there are confirmed attendees from as far afield as Northern NSW and Roma in Central Qld. The day is going to be a fantastic networking opportunity for all attendees.  A local produce supplier will have a stall setup so that you will be able to ask questions about many of cattle products and treatments available, and how to use them.  They will have information available about Buffalo fly, tick and other parasite treatments. If you would like other information on anything specific, please let Baden and Raymond know.

For catering purposes, please R.S.V.P as soon as possible, but no later than 1st September 2019. Please advise If you have any special dietary requirements.
 
If you need more information, please email Baden and Raymond at freedomrise@bigpond.com, or call  on 07 4163 8652 (after dark).
Editors Note - March Newsletter
There was a photo incorrectly labelled in the March Newsletter. It was of 7 Hills Patrick which was the 2019 Canberra Royal Calf Champion Bull – not the Junior Champion as it was labelled.
Junior Champion Bull was Nurrenyen Newton.
Office contacts:
Executive Officer – Kate McDonald
T: 02 6773 3243 E: beltedgalloway@abri.une.edu.au
 
Registrar – Barb O’Shea
T: 02 6773 3342 E: beltedgallloway2@abri.une.edu.au
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