Hartwigs chas­ing rib­bons

Rock­hamp­ton BeefWeek is the goal

Central and North Burnett Times - - 2015 MONTO SHOW - Emily Smith emily.smith@cnbtimes.com.au

TANYA and Ni­cole Hartwig’s home must be clut­tered with rib­bons from their show cat­tle suc­cesses over the years, but the sis­ters will still chase more this sea­son.

Af­ter claim­ing four rib­bons from the five beasts they took to the Gayn­dah Show last week­end, the pair now have their eyes on the Monto Show be­fore Beef Week 2015 in Rock­hamp­ton from May 4–9.

“We are not tak­ing too many to the Monto Show, oth­er­wise they won’t have too much of a rest be­fore BeefWeek,” Tanya Hartwig said.

“We will prob­a­bly take three senepols, a brah­man, and a cou­ple of steers, be­fore we hit the big smoke in Rock­hamp­ton.”

The Hartwigs started pre­par­ing their cat­tle back around Christ­mas time to make sure they were prop­erly in con­di­tion in time for BeefWeek.

“We started groom­ing them around Christ­mas,” Ms Hartwig said.

“The cou­ple of dry patches we had last year did have a bit of a toll. They didn’t have the growth rate we wanted.

“We had to lightly feed them, but by the end of the year the sea­son came pretty good.”

De­spite the ex­tra ef­fort that went into their early prepa­ra­tion, Ms Hartwig said it would be worth it if they snagged a win.

Over the years Tanya Hartwig has won the Na­tional Stud Cat­tle Judges award, the State Prime Cat­tle Judges award and was in the fi­nal for the Na­tional Pa­raders award.

Ni­cole Hartwig won the Young Han­dlers award in New Zealand two years ago, and won the Na­tional Pa­raders award in Australia.

Ms Hartwig be­lieved this eye for cat­tle gave them an ad­van­tage when it came to show­ing their own cat­tle.

“We like them su­per quiet, that’s al­ways a show­ing point, and with plenty of muscling and length,” she said.

“It all just comes down to gen­eral ap­pear­ance re­ally. If a bull looks like a bull it all just fol­lows from there.”

The sis­ters started up their own stud in 2003 when Ni­cole was 12 years old and Tanya was 15.

“We like to sup­port other young judges now. If you have eyes for what you want to pro­duce it is such an ad­van­tage,” Ms Hartwig said.

“We run three ju­nior judg­ing schools around the place now just for in­for­ma­tion, to put the knowl­edge into the younger ones.”

Tanya Hartwig We like to sup­port other young judges now. If you have eyes for what you want to pro­duce it is such an ad­van­tage.

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

MANY AC­CO­LADES: Tanya and Ni­cole Hartwig have had great suc­cess show­ing cat­tle.

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