A 17-YEAR drought was broken last Tuesday when Lester and Sonya Job’s bull Moombi Ooktali G34 was sashed grand champion at the Dectomax Shorthorn National Show and Sale in Dubbo.
Show judge Peter Falls, Malton Shorthorns, Finley, narrowed his grand champion finalists down to four bulls, including two Moombi sires, both by Yamburgan Ossie D220, the division 1 winner exhibited by the Leeds family’s Leeds stud, Jerilderie, and the Division 4 champion from the Brook family’s Eloora stud, Bulart, Victoria, before putting the purple rosette on 22-month-old Ooktali G34.
Mr Falls said it was the Division 2 and grand champion bull’s completeness and tremendous carcase attributes which got it over the line for the Jobs.
The last time Moombi exhibited a grand champion was in 1996 with Moombi White Lightning.
“It’s been a while coming,” Mr Job said.
At the Sydney Royal earlier this year, where Ooktali G34 was named the grand champion bull and best Shorthorn exhibit, the bull weighed 890 kilograms and had an eye muscle area (EMA) of 128 square centimetres.
Since then, it has beefed up to 1010kg and has an EMA now measuring 140cm2.
With a scrotal circumference of 39cm, rump fat measuring 18 millimetres and rib fat of 12mm, Mr Falls said Ooktali – from the Narralda Ledger W55 daughter SPJ Honour Z23 – was the kind of bull that could “really improve a herd”.
“He’s a bull that will help meet a lot of markets – you have to get behind him to appreciate how big he really is,” Mr Falls said.
Moombi also exhibited the winner of the 23- months class and Division 3 champion Moombi Ooktall G19.
Mr Falls said he could see a lot of thickness in this bull which “held his head well”.
“He is a bull that will serve the industry well – he is structurally correct and tracks well.”
Mr and Mrs Job also took home the Lambell Mackinnon Trophy for the champion breeders group of three bulls.
The Eloora stud of Ray Brook and family took out the Division 4 championship with the heaviest bull at the show weighing 1120kg, Eloora Bluechip G02, which was also the over 27 months classwinner.
Bluechip was by Weebollabolla Theodore and from Eloora Dazzling Designer.
The judge said Bluechip G02 was another bull “you have to get next to in order to appreciate the volume”.
“You need a good EMA as well as (fat) cover – and this bull has it,” Mr Falls said.
Bluechip had an EMA of 138cm2, rump fat of 27mm and rib fat measuring 15mm.
Gillian Leeds from Leeds stud took a team of eight bulls to Dubbo, winning the 20 months and under class before taking out Division 1 champion with Leeds Arthur G30, a son of Broome Othello E164.
Mrs Leeds said this was the bull’s first show and he had done well considering “he has only had three or four leads”.
Leeds Arthur G30 was described by the judge as “my type of bull”.
“He has structural correctness, a lot of meat on top of him and a lot to offer the industry.”
At the conclusion of the judging Mr Falls said the substance and structure of the bulls on show was what the industry needed.
“We all have the same goal – to make money out of cattle,” he said.
“And the bulls on show today can make that happen.”
Source: Rebecca Sharpe & Carla Wiese-Smith, The Land