Judg­ing the Monto Brah­man Fea­ture Show

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL LIFE - Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

CEL­E­BRAT­ING BRAH­MAN: The Brah­man Fea­ture Show gave the Monto Show some­thing new this year.

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