Be­hind ev­ery great beast...

What goes into breed­ing top show cow

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - — JACK LAWRIE

THIS year it has not been easy to bring a cow up to show stan­dard.

None­the­less, Irene Bishop and Gor­don Coul­ston suc­ceeded in el­e­vat­ing their cow, Wanora, to claim the prize for Cham­pion Beast of Show in the Monto Show prime cat­tle judg­ing.

Mr Coul­ston said the key to bring­ing up a show beast was pick­ing the right feed at the right time.

Work­ing pri­mar­ily as a feed ra­tioner, this year’s dry sea­son pre­sented sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenges.

“We were out of feed, com­pletely and I do a lot of grain ra­tions my­self and I work it out and do the milling, mix­ing and run­ning it out,” Mr Coul­ston said.

“As soon as it rained I took him off the grain bin be­cause he was get­ting too fat, and then back to the grass now we had the good grass.”

Wanora, a two-year old male Santa Gertrudis, was se­lected at a young age to go into show con­di­tions, be­ing given the best feed and the most at­ten­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Coul­ston, out of the ten cat­tle cho­sen, six were deemed “show ma­te­rial”.

It was not the only hon­our Mrs Bishop re­ceived at the Monto Show.

She also ac­cepted the nam­ing of the new show­ground load­ing ramp after her hus­band, for­mer show president Gra­ham Bishop.

“Go­ing back in years, Gra­ham was a very long sup­porter of the show, hav­ing been born into it where he showed a heifer with his mother when he was 12 years old,” Mrs Bishop said.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

BEST BEAST: Amanda Goody and Laura Grubb present Irene Bishop and Tim Brun­jes the Grand Cham­pion tro­phy.

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