Koopman Cows On Top AgainSeptember 11, 2014
By Miranda Kenny
Courtesy Stock Journal
FOR the second time in four years, Gerald, Jeanette and Darren Koopman, Bottlesford stud, Tungkillo, won the red and white sash for a cow and calf combination in the Murray Grey section.
It was the fourth time in six years they had won the sash for grand champion female.
They capped off their victory with the most successful exhibitor award.
The reserve junior champion heifer at the 2012 show, the Koopman’s Bottlesford Sarah G32 came from winning bloodlines: sired by Monterey Sterling C344 and out of Woodbourn Sarah-Lee B87. She had a four-month-old calf by Tasmanian sire Woodbourn Warrior.
“We bought Monterey Stirling C344 as a calf with his mother for $7000,” Darren said.
“He’s bred on really well.
“He also produced the senior, junior and grand champion female at last year’s show.”
Mr Koopman said he might retain the bull calf of the supreme exhibit.
“He’s certainly looking very good at the moment,” he said.
Judge Colin Rex, ABRI, UNE, NSW, said both the exhibits competing for the supreme title were “tremendous”.
“It’s a tough call,” he said.
“This young sire has tremendous appeal, and very few holes – but he’s just a baby bull.
“The cow has the length and weight which equals money.
“Just her width of pins, she is very refined, with good shoulder structure and tremendous volume.
“She’s got great balance and structure and she’s doing the job – look at her calf on the ground.”
The grand champion bull was awarded to the junior sire, Angela Elyward’s AJ’s Josh, Lucindale.