Three decades at Ekka
TIM Lloyd has been showing cattle at the Ekka for 30-odd years and the droughtmaster man isn’t going to give it up any time soon.
The grazier from Heitiki Droughtmasters in New South Wales was in the cattle ring in Brisbane, showing off his hard work.
With his two sons in tow, Tim said their operation was very much family orientated with a history of 40 years.
“We’ve been coming to the Ekka for 30-odd years showing cattle. It’s a good chance for us to catch up with other people and compare cattle,” he said
Doughmasters have always been his breed of choice, and Tim said the Ekka was a good time to show other breeds what the droughties were made of.
“It’s such an economical breed. It’s a breed that has great variation, which is tremendous,” Tim said.
“The droughtmaster obviously suits a variety of markets and that is what is great. It is a breed that doesn’t cost a lot or have a lot of risk and that is where you save money and make money.
“It ticks all the boxes. It’s a breed that is easy to handle, easy to finish and they are quiet.”
With 200 droughtmasters on their property and generations of farming behind them, it was inevitable Tim’s sons would jump on board.
Brothers Simon and Fergus Lloyd were both in the cattle ring early yesterday morning, helping each other tie their ties before it was time to show.
“They are really nice to handle and more on the calm side, they are not too rowdy,” Fergus said of the droughtmaster breed.
“We have been around cattle and showing for as long as we can remember,” Simon added.
Glendlands Droughtmasters took out the champion bull as well.
Glenlands Droughtmasters from Bouldercombe near Rockhampton took out grand champion exhibit for the breed at the Ekka.
The droughtmasters section at this year’s Ekka.
IN FOCUS: Fergus, Margaret Ann, Tim and Simon Lloyd love the droughtmaster breed.