Holbrook stud, Ravensdale was the most successful exhibitor at Hereford National

Junior champion bull, Ravensdale Bushranger, with Maggie Groves, Peter Godbolt, Landmark, Libby Ward and Brian Burgess of Ravensdale Herefords, Holbrook.
Junior champion bull, Ravensdale Bushranger, with Maggie Groves, Peter Godbolt, Landmark, Libby Ward and Brian Burgess of Ravensdale Herefords, Holbrook.

The most successful exhibitor at the Herefords Australia National Show at Wodonga was Ravensdale Poll Herefords from Dalriada, Holbrook.

The stud was given ribbons for the junior champion bull, reserve champion intermediate bull and reserve champion senior bull.

Ravensdale stud principal Brian Burgess said they were ecstatic with the result.

"We've been breeding cattle for 15 years and we've had a slow climb to get industry recognition so it's great to get that validation now," Mr Burgess said.

The stud's results at the show were backed up by their clearance rate at the National Sale the following day. For four years in a row they have sold one hundred per cent of the bulls they've brought to Wodonga.

This year Mr Burgess sold 16 bulls to average $6938 and a top of $20,000.

"The prices at the sale were a little bit disappointing, because by the time you get a bull to a sale you've put three years into it, it's a long journey but, they all cleared which was better than I expected," he said.

Mr Burgess said the stud's aim was to build an even line of bulls that would appeal to the commercial breeder.

"With genetics we chase performance, we're looking at genetics that will improve muscle, marbling and intramuscular fat percentage in our cattle, to get some width and depth," Mr Burgess said.

"We focus on our Breedplan being in the top 20 per cent of estimated breeding values and I think that's where we've developed a lot of our appeal."

He said they had been running both stud and commercial herd however, during the latest drought they sold their commercial cattle.

Ravensdale is now looking at building their commercial herd back up.

"We breed around 300 calves a year from 350 females and we choose only the top of the drop to make it into the stud breeding herd," Mr Burgess said.