Breeds’ big boys out to im­press at Beef

The Western Star - - RURALWEEKL­Y -

ALONG­SIDE the trade dis­plays and the in­dus­try sym­po­siums, some of the best ge­net­ics in the na­tion will be on show at Beef 2018.

The Land­mark Stud Beef Cat­tle Com­pe­ti­tion has ex­pe­ri­enced a 20 per cent lift in en­tries com­pared with three years ago.

There are 1752 an­i­mals en­tered in the range of classes.

The big­gest turnout is for drought­mas­ters, with 250 en­tries, while there are about 190 brah­mans, bran­gus and santa gertrudis to be ex­hib­ited and about 100 sim­men­tals.

Some of the most south­ern ex­hibitors in­clude Ian Fox, from Co­bram, who is bring­ing Blonde d’Aquitaines, and two low­line breed­ers.

Stud cat­tle co-or­di­na­tor Bon­nie Ged­des said sup­port for the event was strong.

“We have en­tries of cat­tle from all states ex­cept Tas­ma­nia,” Ms Ged­des said.

“To win here is a huge feather in your cap.

“It is some­thing that our past win­ners will al­ways re­mem­ber and has to be up there with a win at a royal show.”

Judges have been drawn from across Aus­tralia to over­see the se­lec­tion of win­ners.

The stud cat­tle judg­ing cul­mi­nates on Thurs­day, May 10, when the supreme cham­pion in­ter­breed bull and fe­male will be judged from the grand cham­pion bull and fe­male from each of the 30 breeds be­ing shown.

The top hon­ours at the 2015 event were Crathes Estella, a charo­lais judged the best fe­male, and Raglan Vic­tory, a brah­man judged the best bull.

Cat­tle judg­ing will be held from Tues­day, May 8, un­til Thurs­day, May 10.

— Fiona My­ers

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