Inaugural Warwick bullock and steer show and sale a showcase

WHEN it comes to kicking off a new competition for the Warwick region's cattle producers, Matt Grayson believes in starting strong.

The local livestock agent and his team have already lined up between 300 and 400 head of cattle for the first George and Fuhrmann Warwick Bullock and Steer Show and Sale. The inaugural event on November 2 at Warwick saleyards is designed to showcase the area's best grass and crop-assisted cattle.

"I have wanted to organise something like this for a while. I guess it has been a bit of a dream of mine," Mr Grayson said.

"It differs from existing events, like the beef carcass competition, which probably has more of a grain-fed, feed

lot focus. This competition really aims to bring together producers, who are finishing cattle on grass and crop."

He said he was encouraged by early entries and was optimistic cattle numbers would increase as the event became established on the Southern Downs calendar.

"I would like to think it will be able to build on both livestock numbers and prize money from year to year," Mr Grayson said.

"But that said I think this year the prize money is good and one of the incentives for local beef producers to get involved."

Nominations close October 31 with judging on November 2 followed by a show sale.

"I think the timing is right this year and the rain last week really helped our cause," Mr Grayson said.

"We were a bit concerned about some producers holding on until early November, but most should be in a good position now on the back of the rain."

Judges for the bullock classes will be Oakey Abattoir cattle buyer Wade Hartwig, while successful Manumbar beef producer Glen Franz will oversee the feeder steer section. The competition will be judged over five classes and is open to all cattle producers.

Class one: grain assisted bullocks 521kg and over.

Class two: grass fed only bullocks 521kg and over.

Class three: supplemented steers 400-520kg.

Class four: heavy feeder steers 401-500kg.

Class five: domestic feeder steers 300-400kg.

For details contact George and Fuhrmann Warwick.

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