Hartwigs chasing ribbons
Rockhampton BeefWeek is the goal
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.
MANY ACCOLADES: Tanya and Nicole Hartwig have had great success showing cattle.