Making more money with South Devon


For the 2008 competition 3 purebred South Devon and 3 South Devon Cross weaner steers were supplied from Kevin & Vickie Goodman’s Cinnabar Stud, Dannevirke and Phil & Lanise Robertson’s Ben Vista Stud, Feilding.

The steers were all transported to Feilding for breaking in and handling by 6 local High School students. Trudy Robertson, along with her Grandparents, Barry & Bebette Buchanan from the Ballee Murray Grey Stud spent several months leading up to the FBNZ competition teaching the young students how to lead and prepare their allocated steer for the big event in May.

As a practice run for both the young handlers and the steers they were all taken to the Feilding A & P ‘Best of Beef’ steer competition (sponsored by FBNZ) in March. There were 21 entrants with several breeds represented. The South Devon and South Devon Cross steers were placed 1st, 2nd and 4th.

Trudy Robertson was placed 1st and James Hopkinson gained 2nd place in the handlers’ class. These were very encouraging results.

Champion Handler Trudy Robertson
- Reserve Champion Handler
and “Beef Ambassador’ for 2008


The Future Beef NZ Competition results in May were:
(50 entrants with 49 steers competed over the 2 days)

Handler Classes
(Judge – David Bradley)

Champion Handler: 1st Trudy Robertson (leading South Devon)

Intermediate Handler: 3rd Brennan Cure (leading South Devon)

Intermediate Handler Novice: 1st Prudence Harris (leading South Devon X)

Fourth: Sam Mason (leading South Devon)

Stockmanship Awards: 1st Brennan Cure

Highly Commended - Most Improved: Robert Marsh (leading South Devon X)

With new sponsorship in 2008 from TAP Alliance (Tru-Test, Allflex and Prattley), entrants aged 18 to 24 years had the opportunity to compete for the ‘Beef Ambassador’ scholarship award. It was necessary for these entrants to excel in a number of areas of the competition and distinguish themselves in the interview conducted by TAP Alliance and FBNZ Executives. Daniel Clayton from Waipukurau took out the title for 2008. As part of his prize package Daniel will travel to Brisbane, Australia. Over the next 12 months he will also have the opportunity to visit five of NZ’s largest beef cattle operations.

Steer Classes

On the Hoof

Light Weight Purebred: 4th Sam Mason with ‘Goldie’ bred by Ben Vista Stud

Heavy Weight Purebred: 2nd Trudy Robertson with ‘Calibre’ bred by Cinnabar Stud

On the Hook

Heavy Weight Cross-bred Carcass (Bred by P & L Robertson, all South Devon-Murray Grey/Fres X)

1st James Hopkinson with ‘Luke’

2nd Robert Marsh with ‘Socks’

3rd Prudence Harris with ‘Blackie’

Light Weight Purebred Carcass: 3rd Sam Mason with ‘Goldie’

As you can see from the results the ‘on hoof’ judging can be a difficult task. The real test was in the hook section where the results spoke for themselves.

It was extremely rewarding to see all 6 steers and all 6 young students gain awards through their involvement in Future Beef NZ. Although FBNZ is not breed orientated there are benefits for South Devon’s to be involved.

It not only gives us the opportunity to show our involvement in encouraging the youth of NZ into a Beef Industry career, but also has the publicity aspect for promoting South Devon’s attributes of temperament and carcass qualities. Two very important aspects of beef farming in NZ today.

The long established Alice Springs stud of Barry James, and the late Jack James, held a female dispersal sale on the 23rd April at the Kauri sale yards.

57 lots were put up for sale in excellent condition. 41 lots sold for an average of $1,395 with 34 lots bought by four studs.

Top price of $2,900 was paid by Geoff & Barbara Croker of the Glenview Stud.

Other purchasers were Okaharau, Tironui and Pohuenui Stream Studs.

Our congratulations go to James Donaldson from the ‘Pohuenui Stream South Devon’ Stud in Whangarei for making the final in the National Young Farmer of the Year competition.

James will be representing the Northland Region in the final at Ashburton in July.

Good luck James.

It is New Zealand’s turn to send a young exchangee to Australia.

If you know of someone you would like to nominate, please contact Lindy at PBB by 15 August.

It is a great opportunity that can be quite flexible in terms of timing to suit the recipient. This has been funded by donations in the past.

The South Devon Society would welcome any offers of donations to assist with future trips.


All Breeds Yearling Heifer

1st Loch Lomond KP

3rd Loch Lomond Floss



South Devon Heifer Calf

1st Loch Lomond Billie

Yearling Heifer

1st Loch Lomond KP

Champion South Devon: Loch Lomond KP

All Breeds

Heifer Calf: Loch Lomond

3rd Billie (17 entries)

Yearling Heifer

3rd Loch Lomond KP (17 entries)




Heifer calf

1st Loch Lomond Floss (11 entries)

Yearling Heifer

1st Loch Lomond KP (13 entries)

2 Year old Heifer with calf at foot

2nd Loch Lomond Kirsty (8 entries) Bull Calf 1st Loch Lomond TJ (10 entries) Pair Bull & Heifer calf 1st Loch Lomond (6 entries) Progeny 2 animals under 24 months by the same sire or Dam 2nd Loch Lomond (8 entries) Reserve Champion Female Loch Lomond KP


ADLs have been posted out and are due back at the office by 31st July. This form will be used to generate your 2008 dam fees and your Herd Book registrations. It is therefore essential that this form be completed accurately and on time. Late return of ADLs will incur a penalty fee.

ADLs have been posted out and are due back at the office by 31st July. This form will be used to generate your 2008 dam fees and your Herd Book registrations. It is therefore essential that this form be completed accurately and on time. Late return of ADLs will incur a penalty fee. Female Fees – The female fees are charged on all registered females three years and over that are prelisted, plus any commercial/unregistered females on which you wish to record calves for performance recording purposes.

There will be a flat fee of $28.00 per female prelisted.

A $2 rebate will be given on calf returns received electronically in acceptable format and on time.

NOTE : All 2yr olds will be billed at $14.00 whether they have a calf or not. Any females re-registered following a period of deregistration incur a penalty equal to one year dams fees plus the current female fees.


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