Extract courtesy of the Queensland Country Life
The led steer and heifer competition kicked off on day one of CRT FarmFest 2016 with competition of the highest calibre making judging a challenge.
Judge Travis Iseppi, Ellendale Red Simmentals, Lowood, explained his main judging criteria and said he looked for finished animals ready to grade at abattoirs.
Cool, windy conditions did not deter exhibitors from putting their best foot forward and Mr Iseppi said all cattle were a credit to their owners and their breed.
The champion led steer or heifer award went to Bob and Elaine Dull, Hillview Led Steers, Gowrie Mountain, with their 650kg Angus cross steer, Bailey.
Mr Iseppi said the smoothness of the steer’s muscle pattern “tipped him over” the second placed steer.
“Everyone has to make a dollar in the chain for the chain to keep operating and this steer is a powerhouse of meat while still retaining the ability to finish with that overall softness,” he said.
Mrs Dull credited 12-year-old Bailey Voll, Biddeston, with the steer’s success and said they named the animal after the “young lad who bred a quality steer” and gave Mr Voll the winning ribbons in appreciation.
“We bought the steer from Bailey at four months of age and he has had a lot of success as a young steer,” Mrs Dull said.
“He won reserve champion at Blackbutt show and we were fairly confident in him coming into FarmFest.”
Pictured top: Jamie Hollis, Pittsworth, parading the FarmFest champion led steer, Bailey, a 650kg Angus-cross. He is pictured with judge Travis Iseppi, Lowood, owner Elaine Dull, Gowrie Mountain, and Bailey Voll, 12, Biddeston. Courtesy of Queensland Country Life