Burnett wins big at the Ekka
THE South Burnett's breeders and handlers have returned from the 2017 Ekka with a swag of awards.
The Evans family, from Jen-Daview Limousin Stud at Kingaroy, won the Junior Champion Heifer and Best Pair in the Limousin Ring.
Jenny Evans said it was a top week of judging.
"We were really please with how it went and all our animals placed,” Mrs Evans said.
Jenny's son Corey, who works as a stock agent for Aussie Land and Livestock, took the opportunity to test his auction calling at the main ring.
"He was in front of the full grandstand,” she said.
"It was the open steer auction and Aussie Land and Livestock had seven steers that went to auction.
"Corey sold four of them and he did really, really well,” Mrs Evans said.
The Braithwaite family won Best Cow in the Gelbviehs ring while Glen Perrett, from Bowenfell, won Supreme Cow in the Angus ring.
Marilyn Hansen and her partner Dee Rasmussen won the Grand Supreme Bull with Shell-Dee Rolling Thunder in the Murray Gray ring.
"He was grand champion bull and the supreme champion Murray Gray,” Ms Hansen said.
Murray Grays are an Australian breed and are know for their temperament, calving ability and early maturing rate
"They're great in feedlots and don't need de-horning as they are naturally polled,” Ms Hansen said.
Ms Hansen has bred stud cattle at Shell-Dee for 25 years and over that time she's won the grand champion bull at the Ekka three times and Grand Champion female once
Rolling Thunder has great credentials, he's 25 months old, weighs 998kg and has an eye muscle area of 141 and fat coverage of 13/9.
"Those figure are what helped get him into that winning position,” Ms Hansen said.
"The eye muscle is huge and the judge said he had a good sire appeal with a strong head, strong back line and good testicles.”
Also from Kingaroy, the Plowman family won big in the handlers section.
Karen Plowman said it was the first time they had taken cattle bred at their stud to the Ekka.
"We exhibited two Heifers Ruby Ridge Mackenzie M3 and Ruby Ridge Lady Bambi L1,” Mrs Plowman said.
"Ruby Ridge Mackenzie M3 won her class 18 months and under 20 months and went on to win the Junior Champion Heifer and Ruby Ridge Lady Bambi L1 placed second in her class 22 months and under 24 months.”
The Plowman daughters Chloe, 14 and Gorgie, 12 competed in the Junior Judging Competitions and Junior Handler Competitions.
Chloe won a highly commended in the School Steer Young Judging (14-15 years) and she was selected for the finals in both the School Paraders and the Stud Paraders (14-15 years).
"To win or place at the Ekka is a huge honour, I am so proud of my two daughters for how they competed in. all their individual events,” Mrs Plowman said.
More results to come.