Young pa­raders lead beef in­dus­try fu­ture

Chinchilla News - - CHINCHILLA SHOW -

IF NOM­I­NA­TIONS in Chin­chilla Show’s cat­tle sec­tion last Fri­day are any­thing to go by, things are look­ing up in the beef in­dus­try.

Chief cat­tle stew­ard Jane Zerbst said the num­bers, which were a big im­prove­ment on last year, were cer­tainly en­cour­ag­ing.

“We had some­where be­tween 40 and 50 head of cat­tle, and good qual­ity cat­tle,” Ms Zerbst said.

“The nom­i­na­tions were a mas­sive jump up from last year and I think that is a re­ally good sign that the in­dus­try is still strong de­spite the set­backs as­so­ci­ated with the drought and the live ex­port de­ba­cle, which was a real kick in the guts to pro­duc­ers.

“It’s prob­a­bly the first year since I’ve been do­ing the job that it has been an all day job.

“We had huge num­bers in the ju­nior judges and pa­raders, and there was a lot of young tal­ent on dis­play from both Dalby and Chin­chilla high schools.”

Af­ter be­gin­ning the day with the stud and breeder classes, the rest and, in fact, most of the day was given to the ju­nior pa­rader events where high school stu­dents were judged on their cat­tle han­dling and show­ing skills.

The day’s judge, David Greenup from Ro­se­vale Santa Gertrudis Stud, was left with the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion of choos­ing the Cham­pion Ju­nior Pa­rader for the whole show, but af­ter much con­sid­er­a­tion the win­ner was an­nounced as Dalby State High School stu­dent Piper Barth.

Ms Zerbst ex­tended her sin­cere thanks on be­half of the cat­tle sec­tion to all those who helped out on the day, adding “these things can’t go ahead with­out vol­un­teers”.

Full re­sults from the cat­tle sec­tion will be pub­lished in next week’s Chin­chilla News.

PHOTO: ALANA CALVERT

YOUNG LEADER: Dalby State High School stu­dent Piper Barth was the Cham­pion Ju­nior Pa­rader at the Chin­chilla Show on Fri­day.

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