Simon says it’s not about prizes
THE low number of animals in the stud failed to dampen the enthusiasm of competitors.
Simon Kinbacker first competed as a young parader at the show six years ago.
His dedication to the cattle industry has paid off with the 15-year-old taking out first place in the Young Paraders event.
“I never placed in my judges or paraders when I first started,” Simon said.
“I didn’t start placing until two years ago.”
Simon said he started improving when he worked on the advice people gave him.
He specifically worked on how to hold his lead and show the beasts around.
“I got more confident and picked up some tips from around the show,” he said.
Simon was not motivated to enter the show for the accolades, but rather was driven by family pride.
He is the fourth generation to grow up on his family’s cattle property.
“The whole thing is to show off our cattle – I don’t do it for the money or the ribbons,” Simon said.
“I like to show off our stud and let people know about our quality.”
Overseeing the stud cattle and competition was steward Bryce Kenny, who has been part of the show for more than 30 years.
He said the numbers were down with about 30 head this year compared to 60 last year and 90 head in the show’s heyday.
Competitors from Eidsvold, Gympie and Maryborough made the trip to take part in the show.
“It’s been good competition, but we’ve been back a bit on numbers, which reduces each class and it’s been mainly because of the dry weather,” he said.
“There have been quite some good animals here.”
Judge Matt Ahern agreed numbers were down because of the season and thought clash with other shows might have also affected entries.
He still had his work cut out for him with judging the small number of high quality animals.
Mr Ahern said he looked for structure, beef producing qualities, temperament and adaptability in the beasts.
“Judging is a bit of a balancing act, you’re looking for the perfect animal that is above average in all traits,” he said.
“You’re often weighing up one that is not as good in one trait but better in another.
“A lot of your more adaptable animals haven’t got the carcass quality or the eating quality but they will live in the harsher environments.”
A RIBBON EARNT: Simon Kinbacker took out the top prize in the Junior Paraders event.