Teen knows beef
Young cattle judges and paraders head to Ekka
FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD Simon Kinbacher, a veteran of cattle judging and parading competitions, will represent the Burnett region in stud cattle young judges at the Ekka.
A competitor since age seven, Simon made the most of his eight minutes to judge the stud cattle, picking beast four as having “the most sire qualities” to pass on to progeny.
Simon assessed the four beasts on structural points, ability to walk for long periods of time, good sheath to service the cows and general sire outlook.
Comparing the two breeds, Redline Brangus and Brahman, required knowledge, he said.
“They’re both tropical breeds so you’re not going to see huge muscle, you’re going to see very loose sheaths,” Simon explained.
At the Burnett regional finals, Simon also placed second in stud cattle parading for the Gayndah Show Society and equal third as prime cattle young judge representing Mt Perry Show Society.
“I like talking and I like leading cattle,” he said.
In stud cattle parading, his favourite competition, Simon said “you want the best person to show off that animal” for stud buyers and “get first place for your beast all the time”.
In prime cattle judging, the “kill tomorrow” factors of weight and fat determined the dollars the carcass would bring, he said.
Living on a droughtmaster stud at Boompa near Biggenden, Simon’s aspirations are commercial.
“Some people might disagree, but I do it for the money,” he said.
“Like today, you’ve got an audience watching you; they might want an associate judge for a show in further years to come.”
As proof the plan works, Simon was invited to be an associate droughtmasters judge at last year’s Ekka after someone remembered him from a previous competition.
KEEN EYE: Burnett region's top stud cattle young judge Simon Kinbacher, 15, also placed as the region's equal third in prime cattle young judges.