Teen knows beef

Young cat­tle judges and pa­raders head to Ekka

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

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.

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