Family on the show circuit to test stud
IT WAS a family affair at the Clifton Show when the Smith clan, looking resplendent in their smart red shirts, took to the stud cattle ring.
Their fledgling stud, Hillview Limousins, at Nobby, has only been established for 18 months, but already the family of Craig and Susan, and their children, Emma-Lee, Hayden and Lauren, have tasted success in the show ring.
Mr Smith said the stud belonged to his children.
"It is their own stud, and they have a grand total of four head, all heifers," Mr Smith said.
"We purchased three of the heifers at six months of age from Kerry and Simon McCarthy, Gracekate Limousins, at Nobby, and another of the heifers from John Gaffney's Graneta Limousin stud at Bell," he said.
"We have only been to Allora and Clifton Shows to date this year, but the kids love it.
"We will probably also exhibit at Cooyar, Pittsworth and Oakey Shows."
Mr Smith said the showing of stud cattle was something the whole family could do together.
"Emma-Lee first became interested in stud cattle when she joined the Clifton State High School show team in Year 8," he said.
"We run a commercial herd of limousin-cross cattle, using limousin bulls, so we felt it made sense to start our own limousin stud."
The Smith family runs about 70 breeders on its 485-hectare property, north of Clifton.
They also entered a couple of led steers in the show, which placed third in the under 300kg class, and fourth in the 301-309kg class.
"They were limousin-cross steers we bred ourselves," Mr Smith said.
As well as gaining exposure for their new stud, the Smith children love attending shows for the parading and junior judging competitions.
At this year's Clifton Show, the youngest, Lauren, aged nine, won the Adam Prendergast Memorial Encouragement Trophy for junior parader at the Friday night All Breeds Heifer Show.
"Her beast played up on her a bit, so it was nice that she received the award," Mr Smith said.
The next day on the Saturday of the show, Lauren, went on to win the under 12 parader class in the stud cattle competition at Clifton, and also place first in the under 12 junior judging.
Her sister, Emma-Lee, aged 14, won the under 15 parader at the Heifer Show, and was placed second in the same class in the stud cattle paraders.
Their brother, Hayden, who has a broken arm, competed in the paraders at Clifton also, and was called up into the top line, however didn't receive a placing.
"We thought that was pretty good for a boy with only one good arm. We are very proud of them all," Mrs Smith said.