Victorian Angus stud named Champion of RASV Heifer Challenge

The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) is pleased to announce Riga Angus, Mansfield, as the Champion of the 2013 RASV Heifer Challenge.

Riga Angus is a family business owned and operated by Ian and Vera Finger of Mansfield, Victoria. Presentation of the award took place at a Beef Week Celebratory Dinner held at Sam Miranda Winery in the King Valley.

Reserve Champion of the RASV Heifer Challenge was Yavenvale Herefords presented by James and Nicki Pearce of Adelong, New South Wales.

Ian and Vera Finger, whose champion pen included progeny from Te Mania Africa, BTMA217 and Sitz New Design 458N, were thrilled with the result.

“We are really delighted with the 10 heifers that represented our next group of breeding females,” Ms Finger said. “We tend to look for functional cattle, as well as phenotype and EBVs. Functionality really is the key to productivity in our herd.”

“The RASV Heifer Challenge is a great opportunity to get some recognition for what we are aiming to achieve,” said Ms Finger

The Beef Week Celebratory Dinner showcased the region’s finest food and beverages and included a keynote speech from Tim Hollier, Senior Specialist, Beef and Sheep, Department of Primary Industries, Victoria.

The RASV Heifer Challenge is part of the 21st Stock & Land Beef Week, at which over 200 studs were exhibited from Wednesday, 30 January to Wednesday, 6 February 2013. Entrants into the RASV Heifer Challenge were required to display pens of 10 registered heifers for judging.

RASV CEO Mr Mark O’Sullivan congratulated Riga Angus on their success.

“On behalf of the RASV, I congratulate Riga Angus being named the 2013 RASV Heifer Challenge Champion, and acknowledge the quality of heifers put forward for judging by all participants.”

“The RASV proudly supports Stock & Land Beef Week through its sponsorship of the competition, which promotes the inclusion of registered heifers in the showcase,” said Mr O’Sullivan.

The 2013 RASV Heifer Challenge received 70 entries, and offered a total prize pool of $4,500.

Stock & Land Beef Week is run by Stud Beef Victoria and provides beef producers with an unparalleled opportunity to market, showcase and select genetics for their breeding operation.



  • Riga, Angus, Mansfield, Victoria – Ian and Vera Finger

Reserve Champion

  • Yavenvale, Hereford/Poll Hereford, Adelong, New South Wales – James and Nicki Pearce


  • Ardno, Hereford/Poll Hereford, Wingeel, Victoria – Clive, Kate, Lucy and James McEchern
  • Beckenham, Limousin, Greenhill, Victoria – Bruce and Sue Griffiths
  • Boonaroo, Angus, Casterton, Victoria – Shane and Jodie Foster
  • Marcschay, Shorthorn, Dean, Victoria – David McKay
  • Mount William, Charolais, Willaura, Victoria – Robert Abbott and Bryce Galvin
  • Otway Felix, Limousin, Birregurra, Victoria – Brian Galligan
  • Rockwood, Angus/Charolais, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales – Frank and Andis Sorraghan
  • The Bend, South Devon, Mirboo North, Victoria – Chris and Leonie Daley

For all media inquiries, please contact Wrights on behalf of the RASV (03 9690 9911):

Jess Jafer of Wrights on +61 403 042 855 /
Lynne Hills of Wrights on +61 405 277 562 /

The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) is a member based organisation that promotes and celebrates agriculture through events which link industry to consumers. The RASV ultimately aims to improve the quality and increase demand for Victorian agricultural produce.

The RASV supports industry by conducting successful events, including the Royal Melbourne Show - Victoria’s largest annual community event, providing industry with unique opportunities to enhance consumer awareness and understanding.

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