Sunny Lawn Braford stud of Clifton, Queensland has taken out the 2022 ACM Sire Shootout. Neil Pacholke and Leanne Ridley were excited and shocked by the win. They believe that Sunny Lawn Felix 1473 (P) is an outstanding 22-month-old Braford bull but never thought he could take out the top title with 53 bulls entered from across Australia.
The competition is an online opportunity to promote stud’s top bulls that are for sale during 2022. It is judged over three sections – Bos Indicus, British and European breeds by three judges. The top five placegetters from each section are then judged by the three individual judges in the Interbreed final. This year saw the Braford bull from Sunny Lawn come out on top, as the only bull to earn points from each judge.
Sunny Lawn Felix 1473 (P) born 29 August 2020 is a homozygous poll son of Donrinda K026 Kentucky who has bred well in the Sunny Lawn herd. Felix has that extra muscle expression, length, balance, structural correctness and sire appeal that has earned him attention not only throughout the Braford breed but also by cattle breeders in general.
Felix 1473 was Junior Champion at the St George Braford Feature Show held in May, and was also a part of the winning pair of bulls. He was joined by Sunny Lawn Dresden 1484 (P), who was Junior and Grand Champion Female of the feature show at 17 months, and Sunny Lawn Dresden 1449 (P) who was Reserve Senior Champion Female to win the Breeders Group. Dresden 1449 (P) then went on to win the Supreme Exhibit at FarmFest 2022 held at Toowoomba.
Sunny Lawn bulls will be sold at the two upcoming Braford sales. They have two bulls and two females for the New Dimension Braford Sale held in Bell on 28 August 2022. For the National Braford Sale held in Rockhampton on 12 September Sunny Lawn has 10 high-quality bulls for sale. Sunny Lawn Felix 1473 (P) is Lot 166 at the National Braford Sale.
“We were excited by the win and truly humbled to see years of breeding being recognised”.