Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Tessa Map­stone Tessa.Map­stone@south­bur­nett­times.com.au

BOGGY con­di­tions brought on by last week’s rain and the Beef Australia expo in Rock­hamp­ton drew gra­ziers away from the Eidsvold Show but the re­duced quan­tity of an­i­mals did not im­pact the qual­ity of en­tires in the stud beef sec­tion on Sun­day.

Wathonga breed­ers Stu­art and Bret Hamil­ton took out the Grand Cham­pion ti­tle for their Santa Gertrudis Here­ford cross an­i­mals.

Stu­art Hamil­ton said the stan­dard of en­tries was strong, but it was a few sim­ple things that got the Hamil­ton cat­tle over the line.

“They’re well fin­ished cat­tle, and they’ve got mar­ket suit­abil­ity.”

His son Bret said their quiet na­ture played a part.

Taroom cat­tle judge Tony Pearce said the Eidsvold show boasted a very good stan­dard of cat­tle in all classes.

“I thought the young cat­tle were ex­tremely good.

Mr Pearce said the good sea­son since the rain started to­wards the end of last year was part of the rea­son for the good show­ing but both grass and grain-fed cat­tle were look­ing good.

Show so­ci­ety pres­i­dent An­thony Coats said a good at­mos­phere filled the grounds.

“There’s no rush in the pro­gram. It’s nice and steady and peo­ple can see each event with­out hav­ing to rush from one to an­other.

“It was dis­ap­point­ing that we had to put off the campdraft and team pen­ning but with the wet weather we couldn’t get the cat­tle in.” Mr Coats said that the whole dis­trict re­lied on rain for pro­duc­tion so wet weather would al­ways be wel­come.


GRAND CHAM­PI­ONS: Bret and Stu­art Hamil­ton of Wathonga won the top hon­our with their Santa Gertrudis crosses.

The chain­saws came out for the wood­cut­ting com­pe­ti­tions.

Judg­ing is un­der­way in the cat­tle yards.

Eden Roseby, 2, mounts Shet­land cross Dusty for the lead line class with mother Alison Covey.

Bill Needer and long coat Chi­huahua Gina visit the show from Nanango with Kay­lene Lut­zow and Shet­land sheep dog Shel­bie.

Com­peti­tors in the Gal­loway Hack mare class await the judge's re­sults.

Miss Show­girl Sara Cullen, Ju­nior Miss Show­girl Lashica Pope, 17 with show so­ci­ety pres­i­dent An­thony Coates and Miss Show Girl com­peti­tor Shyanna Letts, 16.

Rid­ers take to the ring at the Eidsvold Show.

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