Three decades at Ekka

Central and North Rural Weekly - - NEWS - ZHANAE CON­WAY-DODD zhanae.con­way-dodd@cap­news.com.au

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.

PHO­TOS: ZHANAE CON­WAY-DODD

The drought­mas­ters sec­tion at this year’s Ekka.

IN FO­CUS: Fer­gus, Mar­garet Ann, Tim and Si­mon Lloyd love the drought­mas­ter breed.

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