Cattle talent in the family
IT WAS Carmen and Lannah Sowden's first time showing their limousins at Beef Week this month but the Kingaroy sisters have a habit of succeeding the first time around.
Carmen, 13, and Lannah, 11, came home with three first places, one second and their cow Oakwood Fiddlez took out reserve senior female.
In 2013, the girls made their debut in the Led Steer competition at the Ekka where their beast was named Grand Champion.
The girls' mother Shannon Sowden said her young handlers had some guidance but beef cattle was in their blood.
"My husband Matthew left school when he was 15 and started showing cattle straight away," she said.
"The girls are definitely naturals.
"It's a guiding hand but you've either got it or you haven't, and they're very natural with cattle."
The sisters' passion goes beyond showing.
After their early success at the Ekka, the pair invested their winnings and the takings from the sale of their steer in two heifers and started their own limousin stud.
Oakwood Fiddlez was one of those breeders and her calf at foot, All About Me, was bred by the girls under their Five Star prefix.