Judging the Monto Brahman Feature Show
THE Brahman Feature Show held at the showground stockyards on Saturday was a significant event for the 87th Monto Show.
The show line-up of over 100 head featured a who’s who of south Queensland Brahman breeders, brought together by the South Queensland branch of the Australian Brahman Breeders Association.
The show was judged throughout the day by veteran Brahman Judge Brett Nodds and young associate judge Amy Harch.
They evaluated Brahman on display via a number of important attributes, including weight-for-growth, temperament, masculinity for the males and femininity for the females.
“I think it doesn’t really matter what breed it is, it’s all in the beef industry and we’re looking for animals with the right attributes,” Mr Nodds said.
“We’re looking for animals that can finish easily on grass or grain, structure correctness, longevity and carcass performance combined.”
The event gave Amy Harch the opportunity to learn from Mr Nodds, who has been judging cattle independently for 25 years.
“I started being an associate judge maybe about five years ago,” Miss Harch said.
“It’s a really educational experience and I appreciate all the knowledge Brett shared with me today.”
In the end, the judges awarded Grand Champion prize to the Olive family’s Raglan Mr Mason, who also took Champion Senior Bull.
In a close competition between Raglan Mr Mason and Junior Champion Bull Yenda V Trueman, the senior took to the top prize.
Despite minor criticism of a tie on the testicle hindering growth, it was the sheath, good breeding scope, fullness of growth in the body and hindquarters and spring rib that Mr Nodds cited for declaring Raglan Mr Mason the top bull.
For the females, the top prize went to Junior Champion HH Park Miss Charlotte.
“I thought it was a great showing for a small town like Monto to attract such a good quality of Brahman,” Mr Nodds said.
Monto Show Society steward Becky Wilson, who liaised with ABBA to get the feature off the ground, said it was a fabulous showing.
“We’ve had cattle come from near and far, worldclass judges, it’s been a great success,” Mrs Wilson said.
“This is featuring Brahman cattle and trying to let people know what a great product we have.”
Mrs Wilson worked with Cynthia Stark on ABBA’s end, who said they immediately rolled with the idea.
“Because it’s a feature of the one breed, you will get a lot more people,” Mrs Stark said.
CELEBRATING BRAHMAN: The Brahman Feature Show gave the Monto Show something new this year.