New beef class for 2018 show

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

This year’s Co­bram Show will have some­thing for ev­ery­one — and then some.

The lat­est ad­di­tion is to the beef com­pe­ti­tion: an un-led sec­tion of the car­case com­pe­ti­tion which is open to all.

Co­bram Show trea­surer Caitlin Ch­ester spear­headed the com­pe­ti­tion and said it would open up more op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cals.

‘‘Lo­cal stock agents, or any­one that feeds, can en­ter,’’ she said.

‘‘There’s no need to show the an­i­mals as it’s un-led and the an­i­mals will be sent off with the best car­case win­ning.’’

Ms Ch­ester said she was proud to have the com­pe­ti­tion in Co­bram, where she launched her ca­reer.

‘‘To be ex­hibit­ing some­where like Co­bram gives you that ex­pe­ri­ence from such a young age, and be able to head over­seas be­cause of that was amaz­ing,’’ she said.

Re­turn­ing from a trip to the United States in Au­gust, Ms Ch­ester was lucky enough to score a schol­ar­ship as a Matthew Ge­orge Young Stock­man Award re­cip­i­ent.

‘‘I was show­ing car­case cat­tle at the Mel­bourne Show and there was the op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply for the schol­ar­ship and so I de­cided to,’’ she said.

Open to any­one aged 18 to 25, the schol­ar­ship gives win­ners the chance to travel over­seas to the des­ti­na­tion of their choice and tour lo­cal in­dus­try.

‘‘I chose the US and spent three months in Texas for a look at their beef in­dus­try,’’ Ms Ch­ester said.

‘‘As a ru­mi­nant nu­tri­tion­ist it was in­ter­est­ing to have a look at meat pro­cess­ing plants, vi­ta­min and min­eral pro­cess­ing, stud op­er­a­tions and feed­lots in the US.

‘‘I spent one week with a fam­ily at their ranch and moved around to dif­fer­ent ranches for 12 weeks.’’

Ms Ch­ester said she was in­trigued to see the work­ings of the in­dus­try in a for­eign mar­ket — and per­cep­tions about our mar­ket.

‘‘One of the things which stood out to me was that the Aus­tralian beef in­dus­try is do­ing a lot bet­ter than they give it credit for,’’ she said.

‘‘A lot (of peo­ple in the US) didn’t re­alise Aus­tralia was such a ma­jor ex­porter to China.’’

This year’s Co­bram Show is on Oc­to­ber 27 and 28. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit: co­bramshow.com or to en­ter into the beef car­case com­pe­ti­tion phone Dar­ryl Ch­ester on 0428 390 834.

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