A Pomona ranch’s bulls won top honors recently at the Gelbvieh and Balancer Pen Bull Show at the 2018 National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado, according to a press release.
Judd Ranch earned three grand champion and a reserve grand champion awards, the release said. Judd Ranch won the grand champion Gelbvieh Pen of 3 banner with three black, homozygous polled Gelbvieh that previously topped their class of bulls born Jan. 1-Feb. 29, 2017.
The three bulls posted an average yearling pen weight of 1,381 pounds, the release said.
Eldon Krebs, a judge from Nebraska, said the Judd Ranch trio stood out for their expression of muscle and their big tops and big butts.
“This was an exceptional pen,” he said. “I liked the amount of condition of the bulls enough to express growth and muscle structure.”
Judd Ranch’s Gelbvieh Pen of 5 entry caught the judge’s attention and earned grand champion honors. This group comprised of five black polled bulls. Krebs particularly liked the bulls’ long stride, soundness, uniformity, levelness of hooks to pins and excellent muscle pattern.
“And they have the kind of condition to go out and work,” he said.
In the Balancer Pen of 3 Show, Judd Ranch took grand champion honors with a pen comprised of two homozygous black, homozygous polled bulls and a black, homozygous polled bull.
“Look at the numbers and look at the cattle, they have it,” Krebs said. “This pen has great structure, good bone, big tops, big butts and lots of style. You gotta like the stifle and stoutness of these bulls. I also like the long, spring of rib of these bulls. That’s an indication of meatiness to the rib area.”
Judd Ranch concluded the show by winning reserve grand champion in the Balancer Pen of 5 division. Krebs was particularly impressed with the pen’s “amount of forearm as that indicates ribeye.”
“We had some good bulls out here,” Krebs said. “This was a highly competitive show.”
Dave Judd said Judd Ranch always looks forward to exhibiting at this show.
“This show isn’t about glitz and glamour,” he said. “Its focus is on sound, practical bulls that will work for today’s commercial cowman. Exhibiting in the Pen Show and listening to the bulls being evaluated on this basis helps us know if our program is on track. The commercial cowman is the bread-and-butter of our program.”