BEST OF BEST ARE HONOURED
Top quality exhibitors proud to take home ribbons
YOU MIGHT need to scrub up a bit, but it’s worth the effort, advises southern Queensland wool grower Jim Mitchell on the merits of making it to the Sydney Royal Show this Easter.
The Granite Belt sheepman has been a steward in the wool pavilion at Sydney for the past few years.
He said on average there were around 350 fleeces entered in the Easter event, with at least 50 from his home country in south-east Queensland.
“It’s the place to come if you want to see top quality agricultural exhibits,” Mr Mitchell said.
While the fleeces were being judged as the Rural Weekly went to print, other rural classes had been decided.
BEEF: This year the coveted 2014 Urquart Trophy for the Supreme Beef Exhibit was won by Myers Lady Luck, a limousin cow exhibited by Scott Myers and Samantha Beresford, of Myers Limousins at Moss Vale.
It is the first time a limousin has taken out the title. Myers Lady Luck won senior and grand champion limousin titles before taking out the supreme.
YOUNG AUCTIONEER: Tamworth livestock auctioneer Chris Gooch, of Ray White Garvin and Cousens, has been named the 2014 NSW Young Auctioneer of the Year.
PARADERS: A young stockman from north-west Queensland has claimed the prestigious 2014 open beef parader title.
Damon McCoy divides his time between his family’s Rainscourt Station, Richmond and working at his old school, Brisbane’s Nudgee Boys College.
BRAHMANS: Two Queensland exhibitors dominated the winners’ circle of the feature breed at the show. Brett Nobbs, NCC Brahmans, Nobbs Cattle Co, Duaringa, Queensland, won three of the major broad ribbons, taking home the senior, grand and best exhibit bull with NCC Santora 2026, a rising three-year-old-red bull weighing in at 945 kilograms.
Olive Brahmans, of Gogango in Queensland, won the senior and grand champion female, as well as reserve junior bull and second place in both the sires progeny and breeders group classes.
ROYAL RESPONSIBILITY: Granite Belt wool grower Jim Mitchell is a wool steward at Sydney Royal Easter Show.