New president for new breed
Burnett grazier takes the top spot
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.
NEW BREED: The new breed, the Queenslander, on Mr Edwards’ Gayndah property.