Ver­sa­tile breed on dis­play

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL WEEKLY - ME­GAN MAS­TERS me­gan.mas­ters@thechron­i­cle.com.au

PREPA­RA­TIONS are in full swing for the sev­enth an­nual Santa Gertrudis and Santa In­fused Show and Sale.

Ro­se­vale Park Santa Gertrudis owner El­iz­a­beth Pig­gott said re­cent weather had of­fered some mixed bless­ings, with pad­docks green­ing up and re-stock­ers in high de­mand, but other pro­duc­ers keen to hold onto their herd while the feed is there.

All the same, she said the show had grown steadily over its seven years and ex­pected be­tween 200 and 300 head of cat­tle for the store sale af­ter the show judg­ing.

She put the growth down to the ver­sa­til­ity of the santa breed.

“They do well on all types of coun­try,” she said.

“There’s nowhere you can’t run them in Aus­tralia and they’re one of the few breeds you find all across the coun­try.

“They do well on tough coun­try and even bet­ter on good coun­try.

“There’s even mobs in Alice Springs and places like that.”

She said re­sis­tance to com­mon cat­tle dis­eases like pink eye and bloat were an­other bonus, along with the abil­ity to cross well with other breeds like an­gus and here­fords.

And de­spite santa heifers be­ing in such high de­mand, they rarely make it to the sale yards, she said there would hope­fully be a de­cent show­ing of them at the up­com­ing event.

The 2017 Santa Gertrudis and Santa In­fused Show and Sale will be held at War­wick Sale Yards on April 21.

Ms Pig­gott said the event would kick off at 9am with judg­ing, fol­lowed by pre­sen­ta­tions at 9.30am and the store sale at 10am.

“Last year’s sale was a good one. We’ve ac­tu­ally had good sales ev­ery year,” she said.

“The cat­tle are penned the night be­fore and sold by liveweight cents per kilo.”

Breeders are ex­pected from all across north­ern new South Wales and south­ern Queens­land.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact Ge­orge McVeigh on 0459 441 606, David Friend on 0477 511 296 or Ms Pig­gott on 0407 594 201.

Show cat­e­gories in­clude: Pen of Steers up to 250kg; Pen of Steers 250-299kg; Pen of Steers over 300kg; Pen of Weaner Heifers; Pen of Join­ing age Heifers; and Pen of Cows and Calves.

Cham­pi­onships cat­e­gories are pen of steers, pen of fe­males and Grand Cham­pion Pen of the Show.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SALE DAY: The an­nual Santa Gertrudis and Santa In­fused Show and Sale is headed for its sev­enth suc­cess­ful year.

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