EIDSVOLD ON SHOW
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.