Record fat cattle entries at Allora Show
THIS year's Allora Show was the most successful ever for prime cattle exhibitors, Brian and Desley Gillam of Clifton.
The Gillam family entered three cattle in last Friday's show and came home with a swag of broad ribbons with their 14-month-old Limousin/Red Angus cross steer.
Mr Gillam said he had never won at the Allora Show previously, and their luck had certainly turned round with their 413kg steer taking out Champion Steer, Champion Grain Fed Beast and Grand Champion Beast of the Show.
The entries have been excellent considering the weather conditions leading up to the show, and the fact that the showgrounds were under water less than two weeks ago.
The steer was purchased by Gillies Meats, Clifton, for $2.50/kg at the show sale, held on Friday.
The 294kg Champion Vealer, exhibited by David Achilles, was purchased by Allora Butchery for $2.54/kg.
Prime Cattle judge, Ron McGlashan, of Stanthorpe, said it was the best line-up of cattle he had seen for a long time.
"It was very hard to pick a winner in all classes."
And he had a tough job with the highest number of entries in the prime cattle for many years.
Past president Ken Muir who has been involved in the Allora Show for 30 years, said it was the largest number of entries he could remember.
"Previously our highest number of entries was 52 head, but at this year's show we had 59 cattle to be judged," Mr Muir said.
"The entries have been excellent considering the weather conditions leading up to the show, and the fact that the showgrounds were under water less than two weeks ago.
"A lot of work has gone into getting the grounds into such an immaculate condition for the show."
Other results from the prime cattle were: Champion Female, exhibited by Meleeka McGregor, Allora; Champion Grass Fed Beast, exhibited by Neil and Dorothy Christensen, Allora; and Most Successful Exhibitor was won by David Achilles.