Ju­nior judge up to the task

Simon, 16, to pick best in Gayn­dah Show’s prime cat­tle sec­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - GAYNDAH SHOW -

FROM hoof to hook, 16-year-old Simon Kin­bacher will judge the prime cat­tle at this year’s Gayn­dah Show.

Simon was se­lected by new prime cat­tle ste­wards Vicki Palmer and Robyn Rober­ton, who were keen to en­cour­age youth in­volve­ment in the event.

“We’ve got 42 car­case cat­tle al­ready and nor­mally get 80 to 100 head,” Ms Palmer said.

With 19 classes in the prime cat­tle sec­tion, in­clud­ing five car­case classes, Simon ap­pre­ci­ated the op­por­tu­nity and re­spon­si­bil­ity to judge.

“It’s a huge ex­pe­ri­ence and re­ally en­cour­ag­ing that show so­ci­eties will ask ju­nior peo­ple to judge (prime cat­tle),” Simon said.

“It’s one of the main shows around the re­gion.”

Simon said he would judge the cat­tle on the “most ef­fi­cient beef which will give the most profit for the pro­ducer”.

His aim will be to iden­tify “re­ally good thick­ness, length, weight and fat cover” and to take dif­fer­ent breeds into ac­count when de­ter­min­ing yield and dress­ing per­cent­ages.

The ul­ti­mate test of his judg­ing will come at the car­case com­pe­ti­tion din­ner three days af­ter the show, when the slaugh­ter data will be re­vealed, he said.

“(The re­sults) help you to pick the cat­tle bet­ter and re­mem­ber those char­ac­ter­is­tics when judg­ing.”

The fourth gen­er­a­tion of a cat­tle fam­ily at Boompa, near Biggen­den, Simon’s pas­sion for cat­tle has led him to com­pete in judg­ing and parad­ing com­pe­ti­tions since age seven.

“I was as­so­ciate judge at a drought­mas­ters sale in Biggen­den and at the Ekka two years ago,” he said.

“Last year, I won the prime cat­tle judg­ing for my age group at the Ju­nior Beef Expo at Rock­hamp­ton and the Rocky Show.”

In the same week, he won stud cat­tle judg­ing for the Bur­nett Sub-cham­ber, which earned him an­other trip to the Ekka.

He plans this year to com­pete at the big­ger com­pe­ti­tions – Rock­hamp­ton and Bund­aberg – and to “fo­cus more on lead­ing our (Garthowens Brah­mans) cat­tle”.

YOUNG JUDGE: Named the Bur­nett re­gion's top stud cat­tle young judge last year, Simon Kin­bacher, 16, will judge the prime cat­tle at the 2015 Gayn­dah Show.

Simon Kin­bacher.

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