Cows put pro­duc­ers over the moon

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Shan­non Boch­enek

TWO of the re­gion’s beef cat­tle pro­duc­ers had a suc­cess­ful de­but at the ANZ Na­tional Beef Car­case Com­pe­ti­tion last month.

G& B Ben­dotti se­cured a first, sec­ond and third prize across two classes, while North­cliffe-based Blue River Graz­ing were recog­nised with an­other blue rib­bon and a sixth and eighth place.

John Ben­dotti, of Pem­ber­ton based G& B Ben­dotti, said he was “ex­tremely happy” with his re­sult and that of WA as a whole.

With eight of the 10 classes and the over­all best-in-com­pe­ti­tion grand prize taken out by WA pro­duc­ers, Mr Ben­dotti said the re­sults for the State were “out­stand­ing”.

Blue River Graz­ing’s three en­tries in a sin­gle class all placed in the top 10 and pro­ducer Colin Thex­ton said while he had be­lieved in the qual­ity of his cat­tle he was still “very sur­prised”.

“You take on ev­ery other State in Aus­tralia, you know, there’s a lot of en­tries,” he said.

“There’s some pretty good pro­duc­ers over there. “We’re over the moon,” he said. Mr Thex­ton said his win and that of the Ben­dot­tis were good for the lo­cal in­dus­try and sig­ni­fied the re­gion was pro­duc­ing to a high stan­dard.

“It’s just put our lit­tle cor­ner on the map in the breed­ing stakes,” he said. Af­ter “50-odd” years of breed­ing cat­tle Mr Ben­dotti said he knew he had qual­ity cat­tle but he said it was still ex­cit­ing to have his high stan­dard con­firmed against the best that the rest of Aus­tralia had to of­fer.

Both pro­duc­ers said they would be re­turn­ing to the tri­en­nial com­pe­ti­tion in 2021.

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