First timer takes bullock and steer show title
IN a fitting competition debut, Emu Vale cattleman Jason Fritz took home the champion's title at the first George and Fuhrmann Warwick bullock and steer show.
Mr Fritz and his wife Kate, entered their first cattle show with a pen of 645kg crossbred steers, which won the 521kg plus grass and crop-fed class, before going on to be named champion pen of bullocks.
The quietly spoken cattleman described the win as "pretty impressive".
"I didn't really come into this expecting to win, so it was a bit of surprise," Mr Fritz said.
The couple run around 120 head on their 240ha property at Emu Vale, which is a mixed cattle, grain and hay operation.
Typically they buy in steers preferring to purchase milk tooth cattle tipping the scales between 300 and 350kg.
"Ideally we hang onto them for 12 months and then we sell them back through Warwick," Mr Fritz said.
"We don't have an ideal turn-off weight; they are just as heavy as we can get them in the time frame."
He didn't offer up any trade secrets when it came to producing last Friday's heavyweights except to admit the steers had been on oats since late June.
"They had good weight gain, but I think they were probably pretty reasonable steers to start with."
The Fritz's steers were part of a line-up of more than 470 head sourced from across the Southern Downs for the inaugural GNF show and sale.
Tenterfield beef producer Ian Saunders won the feeder class for 300-400kg steers and then went onto win the champion feeder steer title.
GNF Warwick's Matt Grayson said the first time event had been an "outstanding success".
"We had a great response from producers, sponsors and buyers for the inaugural event and I believe this is really have something we can build on," he said.
He said the quality of cattle and the condition - even given a tough season - had been high.
"Prices too were on a par with the current market," Mr Grayson said.
"We had a very strong sale for young bullocks with prices between 183.2c/kg and 189c/kg."
The champion pen of feeder steers offered by Mr Saunders sold for 192c/kg, while the champion pen of bullocks exhibited by the Fritzs sold for 183.2c/kg.
For more results and stories from the GNF show and sale see page 10 of the Bush Tele.
- Jason and Kate Fritz won the champion pen of bullocks.
- Ian Saunders won the champion pen of feeder steers.