The Society extends its congratulations to the Harris Family of Meadow Vale Shorthorns of Clarkefield Victoria who exhibited 2 of the 3 pure bred steers to win the 2020 Borthwick Trophy run by the Beef Cattle Committee of the RASV.  The third steer (bred by Spencer Family Shorthorns) to make up the team was prepared and exhibited by Rutherglen High School and we extend our congratulations to them also.

Meadow Vale (Robyn, Bev, Jillian, Robert, Andrew and family) have been involved with breeding shorthorns since 1975 operating under the name ‘Carousel’ and then ‘Meadow Vale’ in 2004.   In 2019 the stud placed 5th overall in the Borthwick again with 2 entries.

The Meadow Vale steers (both this year and last year) were sired by Meadow Vale Maserati and Spencer Family Zephyr, whilst the third steer this year (Rutherglen HS) was sired by Bayview Unique K11.  Winning this trophy is an excellent result and a tribute to the hard work, belief and dedication in the breeding program currently being undertaken by Robyn and the family.

Robyn says “supporting this event this year was based on the innovation by the Beef Cattle Committee to run a carcase competition under difficult circumstances;  the steers were selected for docility and dependable breeding together with a combination of muscle and softness.  Our passion for shorthorns is based on their docile nature, productivity and their ability to respond quickly and efficiently to adequate nutrition. Winning the Borthwick Trophy is very special for us as it’s the first time Australian Shorthorns have been successful given the quality and quantity of other competing breeds”.

Spencer Family Shorthorns made the donation of the steer to Rutherglen High School in recognition of the agricultural program which provides the students with hands-on experience with cattle, taking responsibility for the feeding regimen according to breed and competition requirements and recording of relevant data.

CEO of the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, Brad Jenkins was delighted the RASV could present the Hoof and Hook Competition in 2020, in replacement of the annual Royal Melbourne Show Beef Carcase Competition.

We were pleased by the positive response to the new RASV Hoof and Hook Competition with 137 entries and we greatly appreciate and value the support we received from exhibitors and the wider cattle community.  “In a year that has caused immense disruption to many, especially to the many schools and colleges involved in the competition, it was wonderful to provide a platform to promote and celebrate excellence in agriculture,” said Mr Jenkins.

“The Hoof and Hook Competition was made possible due to the incredible work and commitment of our Beef Cattle Committee who volunteered their time to make the event a success, along with the contribution of the many sponsors, including the Murrindindi Shire Council for providing the outstanding Yea Saleyards facility,

“We thank the beef cattle community for their ongoing support and we look forward to bringing everyone together to celebrate the Royal Melbourne Show when it returns  bigger and better in 2021 from Thursday 23 September to Sunday 3 October at Melbourne Showgrounds,” Jenkins concluded.