High quality stud entries at Clifton Show
WHILE numbers were down in the stud cattle section of this year's Clifton Show, they certainly made up for it in quality, said chief steward John McCarthy.
"Entries were down a fair bit, but I think it is a sign of the times," Mr McCarthy said.
"Money is tight, and factors such as floods and droughts have an impact on cattle numbers," he said.
However, Mr McCarthy was happy with the quality of all the stud cattle on show, and with the Friday night All Breeds Heifer Show.
"Cattle were of very high quality and it was a tremendous Show," he said.
Grand Champion Heifer at this year's All Breeds Heifer Show was Advance Jingle G57, from Kellie Smith and Steve Hayward's Advance Charolais stud at Clifton.
The 16-month old Charolais was earlier judged Senior Champion Heifer.
Advance Charolais stud also exhibited the Junior Champion Heifer, Advance Zara G81, with Kellie and Steve named the Most Successful Exhibitors.
The Supreme Stud Beef Exhibit was judged at Saturday's Grand Parade, going to Kirrily and Gavin Iseppi of GK Red Angus stud at Dalby, with GK Red Arabella F11 and her four month old calf, GK Red Hoodoo. They were earlier judged Grand Champion Angus female of the show and Supreme British Breeds female.
Kellie Smith and Steve Hayward were back in the winner's circle on Saturday when their young bull, K5X Granite G7, from their K5X Angus stud at Clifton, was named Junior Champion and Grand champion Angus bull.
They were also awarded the Matthew J. O'Leary trophy donated by Remolea Poll Hereford Stud, Clifton, for Supreme British Breeds bull.
In the European judging ring, Glen Waldron, of Kindara Charolais stud, at Meandarra, won junior and grand champion Charolais bull with Kindara Howard, who then went on to take out Supreme European Breeds Bull.
The Supreme European Breeds female was Crathes Grazonia 24, exhibited by Keith and Roz Glasson, Crathes Charolais stud, Greenmount. She won the broad ribbons for Senior and Grand Champion Charolais female earlier in the judging.
In the Tropical breeds, the Supreme Champion Bull was Newcombe Grayson, exhibited by the Newcombe family of Goomburra. He was also judged Junior and Grand Champion Charbray bull.
A brahman cow took home the Other Tropical Breeds honour, winning Supreme Champion Tropical female, as well as Junior and Grand Champion Brahman cow. Blenheim Ridge August Night was exhibited by B. and V. Fitzgerald.