Breeds’ big boys out to impress at Beef
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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