New show cattle format a success
ANEW format and facilities for the trade cattle section at the Brunswick Show saw more entries and $12,000 in prizes.
Trade cattle chief steward Rodney Galati said the format introduced this year was successful with six sections, instead of 10, in addition to the upgraded facilities.
“I’ve had a lot of positive feedback about the quality of the cattle and the format,” he said.
This year also saw improvements from an animal welfare standpoint, Mr Galati said, with the new rubber matting in the yards meaning cattle were much less stressed.
This year also saw a luncheon held before the auction for the sponsors, buyers and those helping the show.
Mr Galati said the auction was also very successful with 13 buyers putting in plenty of bids and prices exceeding market value.
“The selling exceeded expectations and current market value,” he said.
Hayden Ballantyne’s speckled park heifer was awarded the Champion Yearling and bought by Harvey Beef for $4600.
Reserve Champion Yearling went to a limousin cross steer from G and B Bendotti which was bought by Goodchild Meats for $3000.
Champion Vealer and Reserve Champion Vealer both went to limousin cross steers from the Mosca Family trust.
Mosca was named the most successful exhibitor and the Lucky Purchaser Prize went to Goodchild Meats.
Mr Galati said he wanted to thank all the sponsors that came on board this year to enable the bigger prizes and the new format.
Primaries livestock agent South West Lisa Bendotti, livestock agent Wheatbelt Jay Macdonald, State livestock manager Paul Mahoney and livestock agent north Rhys Hebberman.
Major sponsor Michael Patane and Brunswick Agricultural society vice president Mark Talbot.
Wayne and Evonne Mitchell, of Narrikup.
Landmark livestock manager Leon Giglia, Goodchild Meats managing director James Goodchild, Western Meatpackers cattle buyer Gregory Jomnes and trade cattle judge Alastair Murray.
Patrick Reilly, of Boyup Brook, and Tex Pearson, of Brunswick.