A bumper year
142 in hoof to hook, with young judge rating them highly
WITH 142 head of prime cattle, 2015 was a bumper year from hoof to hook at the Gayndah Show.
Selected by new stewards Vicki Palmer and Robyn Roberton, 16-year-old judge Simon Kinbacher, of Garthowen Brahmans, had a good day.
“It was probably one of the best line-ups of prime cattle you’ll see at local shows,” Simon said.
“It was definitely a good line-up given the seasons (of drought and flood) we’ve had in recent years.”
Judging this year’s Gayndah Show had been good preparation for next month’s National Beef Week, held once every three years in Rockhampton
“It’s definitely helped with the nerves,” Simon said.
“I’m constantly getting better at public speaking and getting more experience in selecting cattle in bigger classes.”
Simon said the biggest class of 27 head was managed by splitting it into groups of six, with the winning beasts selected from the top beasts in each heat.
The prime cattle section wrapped up at last night’s Carcase Competition dinner, with results to be revealed in next week’s paper.
“There’s a couple of steers entered in the carcase competition that should hang up fairly well,” Simon said.
“It will be interesting to see which ones will place well on the hook."
New prime cattle steward Vicki Palmer described 2015 as the show’s biggest year.
“It went well with lots of helpers and it’s a team effort,” Ms Palmer said.
“We have new helpers that are keen and want to keep being involved.”
PRIME CATTLE: Simon Kinbacher, 16, of Garthowen Brahmans, judged 142 head of prime cattle at the 2015 Gayndah Show.