Connamara Angus Win RASV Beef Week Heifer Challenge

The Connamara Angus stud, described by owner Michael Hill as a ‘modest’ operation, provided the championship winning pen of 10 heifers in the 2015 RASV Beef Week Heifer Challenge.

Judge Jack Woodbourn from Forbes, NSW, who visited each of the properties with entries in the challenge on their Beef Week days, described the champions as anything but modest and said they were outstanding examples of registered stud heifers set to make an impact not only in the Connamara herd but in the Australian seedstock industry.

Mr Woodbourn said he was privileged to assess such outstanding cattle and was forced to name 12 finalists, two more than the traditional 10. The competition carries $4500 cash prize money.

Mr Hill from Ruffy in north east Victoria joined 400 females in 2014 and is a regular Beef Week participant. He uses his Beef Week day to sell his annual production of two year olds and yearling Breedplan recorded bulls.

About half the heifers in the championship winning pen were by the home bred sire Connamara Admiral F41 who is by Ardrossan Admiral A2 and from a Campbell Farms 036 daughter.

The RASV Beef Week Heifer Challenge is in its fourth year and Connamara has been a finalist in three of those years.

The Wormbete Simmental stud of John and Nicole Hopkins from Illabo near Junee, NSW, were finalists for the second successive year and this year stepped up to take out the reserve championship.

Wormbete stud was founded in 1972 and uses Beef Week to display its 40 bulls and 10 females to be offered at their annual sale on March 6.

Frank and Andis Sorraghan’s Rockwood Charolais have been a finalist in all four challenges to date, the only stud to do so.

The 2015 finalists selected from a field of 49 studs were:

Boonaroo Angus, Casterton, Vic.
Connamara Angus, Ruffy, Vic (CHAMPION).
Eloora Shorthorns, Bulart, Vic.
Newcomen Herefords, Ensay, Vic.
Pathfinder Angus, Gazette, Vic.
Riga Angus, Mansfield, Vic.
Rockwood Charolais, Ladysmith, NSW.
Table Top Angus, Albury, NSW.
Tandara Limousin, Neerim, Vic.
Tarcombe Herefords, Ruffy, Vic.
Waterford Charolais, Macedon, Vic.
Wormbete Simmental, Illabo, NSW (RESERVE CHAMPION)

View the RASV Beef Week Heifer Challenge finalists, Champions and Reserves since the competition commenced in 2012.


Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford with the 2015 RASV Beef Week Heifer Challenge Championship winners, Michael and Olga Hill, Connamara Angus, Ruffy, Vic, and RASV CEO Mark O’Sullivan.

Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford with the 2015 RASV Beef Week Heifer Challenge Reserve Championship winners John and Nicole Hopkins, Wormbete Simmentals, Illabo, NSW, and the RASV CEO Mark O’Sullivan.