A bumper year

142 in hoof to hook, with young judge rat­ing them highly

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

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.”

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

PRIME CAT­TLE: Simon Kin­bacher, 16, of Garthowen Brah­mans, judged 142 head of prime cat­tle at the 2015 Gayn­dah Show.

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