New pres­i­dent for new breed

Bur­nett gra­zier takes the top spot

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL LIFE - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

NORTH Bur­nett gra­zier and owner of Bar­lyne Pas­toral Jim Ed­wards was re­cently an­nounced as pres­i­dent for the newly cre­ated Queens­lan­der Cat­tle Breed So­ci­ety as a new breed of cat­tle was for­mally recog­nised.

The new breed, named the Queens­lan­der, is a beast geared to­wards the trop­i­cal coun­try north of places like Bund­aberg, and Monto and is a blend of red brah­man and drought­mas­ter.

Mr Ed­wards was one of four gra­ziers to work on the new breed along with Len Gibbs, Keith Wil­son and Stan Sor­ley, tak­ing close to a decade to com­plete.

“There were about four or five of us who got to­gether over a pe­riod of time do­ing the same thing so we thought it wouldn’t be only us and de­cided to form the so­ci­ety,” Mr Ed­wards said.

“It took us a good ten years, in ac­tual fact we have been go­ing since about 2000, the chal­lenge was try­ing to get the type of beast we were look­ing for, it’s a tim­ing thing.”

Tweak­ing and breed­ing the beast to fit the cri­te­ria was a mat­ter of trial and er­ror that took years just to get to this point how­ever there was still a long way to go,” Mr Ed­wards said.

“We have got a long way to go yet, it’s only the very be­gin­ning re­ally, but this is good,” Mr Ed­wards said.

“We are hop­ing it’ll set­tle, if we can get a few more peo­ple in­volved it will help.

“We can't sur­vive off just four or five hun­dred head of cat­tle but we will grad­u­ally build it up.”

Those in­ter­ested in the so­ci­ety can find more in­for­ma­tion on the Queens­land Cat­tle So­ci­ety Face­book page.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

NEW BREED: The new breed, the Queens­lan­der, on Mr Ed­wards’ Gayn­dah prop­erty.

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