Cat­tle show has va­ri­ety

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - 88 WATTONA SHOW - David Charlesworth

Bovine beau­ties on pa­rade will make their ap­pear­ance at the Wa­roona Show with en­tries from across the State ex­pected in the cat­tle sec­tion.

Cat­tle sec­tion head ste­ward Pat Terp­stra said last year six ex­hibitors en­tered with a to­tal 50 to 60 cat­tle in the judg­ing.

Mrs Terp­stra said the ex­hibitors came down from Mundi­jong and up from the Great South­ern re­gion with a va­ri­ety of breeds in­clud­ing short horns, charo­lais, dex­ters, mur­ray greys, limousins and even spe­cialised breeds like minia­ture here­fords.

“It’s the first coun­try show after the Royal Show,” she said. “We do have a va­ri­ety of breeds.” Judg­ing be­gins at 9am on Sat­ur­day and will be fin­ished by lunchtime, Mrs Terp­stra said, which gave vis­i­tors the op­por­tu­nity to have a look at the cat­tle in their stalls and chat to the ex­hibitors.

“By lunchtime it’s fin­ished, peo­ple can re­lax and go into the sheds,” she said.

“Peo­ple can touch cer­tain breeds, like the minia­ture here­fords and talk to the ex­hibitors. “It’s a lovely laid back show.” Har­ris Thomp­son, of Boyup Brook, will be judg­ing the com­pe­ti­tion this year after win­ning the Na­tional Young Judges com­pe­ti­tion in Queens­land.

“I’m cer­tainly hop­ing to have a good turnout this year and we have a great judge,” Mrs Terp­stra said.

The Cham­pion Beef group com­pe­ti­tion was also pop­u­lar to watch with three cat­tle of any sex with the same breed be­ing judged against other groups of dif­fer­ent breeds.

Cat­tle are judged in their in­di­vid­ual breeds be­fore the cham­pi­ons of each of the breeds go head-to-head in com­pe­ti­tion.

The judge will look at the cat­tle for how struc­turally sound they are, their over­all look, their feet, how they are han­dled and how they stand among other at­tributes.

Mrs Terp­stra said the ju­nior cat­tle han­dling sec­tion was al­ways pop­u­lar and played an im­por­tant role in en­cour­ag­ing young par­tic­i­pants in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Par­tic­i­pants un­der 10 years old lead calves un­der six months old around the arena and there is an­other com­pe­ti­tion for han­dlers over 10.

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