Long, fruit­ful ca­reer show­ing stud cat­tle

Countryman - - LIVESTOCK - Bob Gar­nant

Show­ing stud cat­tle at the IGA Perth Royal Show re­quires much ded­i­ca­tion and Yon­gerellen Red Poll stud prin­ci­pal Mur­ray Wil­liams can at­test to that after his 40th con­sec­u­tive show ap­pear­ance.

The 70-year-old, who farms at Quairad­ing, said he was so ner­vous ahead of his first show that he couldn’t sleep.

“With one of my heifers judged cham­pion, I was de­lighted and en­cour­aged to come back,” he said.

“This year, one of my bulls is the great-great-great-grand­son of this fe­male.”

Mr Wil­liams said the high­lights of his show ca­reer were many with some from in­ter­breed award wins, but tak­ing out the pres­ti­gious Gov­er­nors Cup in 1993 was truly grand.

“Not fussed on fancy pre­pared cat­tle, in­stead I look for­ward to bring­ing back highly awarded cat­tle year-after-year to il­lus­trate sound ma­tu­rity,” he said.

“I have put in front of the judges an 18-year-old cow, a rare feat, and a 12-year-old bull.”

Mr Wil­liams said the cat­tle fra­ter­nity at the show, which in­cludes all ages, was close knit and al­ways looked after each other, par­tic­u­larly in times of hard­ship.

“I am proud of my con­tri­bu­tion, par­tic­u­larly in men­tor­ing young peo­ple,” he said.

“My mes­sage is never stop seek­ing cat­tle knowl­edge, par­tic­u­larly un­der­stand­ing the im­por­tance of the bovine fe­male char­ac­ter­is­tics, and through ed­u­ca­tion and shar­ing, any­one can have a long and fruit­ful ca­reer breed­ing and show­ing these de­light­ful crea­tures.”

Pic­ture: Bob Gar­nant

Quairad­ing cat­tle breeder Mur­ray Wil­liams, of Yon­gerellen Red Poll stud, cel­e­brated 40 years of con­sec­u­tive show­ing at the IGA Perth Royal Show.

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