Beef Week bonanza for Marylyn Hansen

WELL DONE: Marilyn Hansen is a proud winner in the British Breeds section at the Roma Show.
WELL DONE: Marilyn Hansen is a proud winner in the British Breeds section at the Roma Show. Derek Barry

BEEF Week has once again proved a happy hunting ground for Marylyn Hansen.

Ms Hansen has been going to Beef Week since it began and this year came away with wins in four different categories.

Competing in the Murray Grey Beef category she won calf champion male, junior champion bull, reserve champion bull and reserve senior champion bull.

As treasurer of the Queensland branch of the Murray Grey Beef Cattle Society she has a love for the breed.

"We have been entering every year since it started and we have always been quite successful," Ms Hansen said.

"Rocky Beef is the capital of beef in Australia, so this is the right place to be promoting our beef."

Ms Hansen has 1000 acres just outside Kingaroy and made the switch from fabrics to cattle when her daughter developed an interest in school.

"We run about 150 breeders of Murray Grey cattle, I love their temperament, they are good mothers, great calving and milking ability and they cross well with any breed."

Ms Hansen said the best thing about going to beef week was promoting the cattle.

"It's great to see the other exhibitors we have met over the years and catch up."

Beef Week was a family affair as Ms Hansen, her daughters Shelley and Candy and partner Dean all made their way up to help.

She believes she has some of the best Murray Grey's in Queensland and said the career move from owning a fabric shop in Kingaroy to running a farm, wasn't a difficult transition.

"I've always loved the land and the animals, it was a matter of getting to know the breed and the how to handle the cattle," Ms Hansen said.

"We've had many difficulties and it's been hard over the last few years, with no feed, dying hay, having to be very careful with water."

She said she didn't move into the industry to make more money.

"You don't do it for financial gain, you do it because it's what you love doing," Ms Hansen said.

"Probably because you're not working for a boss, you can do things that fit in with your farming lifestyle.

"You can have time off the flexibility is what I enjoy the most," Ms Hansen said.

Hansen's prizes

  • Calf Champion Male
  • Junior Champion Bull
  • Reserve Champion Bull
  • Reserve Senior Champion Bull.

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