BOY AND BEAST: Callum McUtchen leading light-weight steer Yellow Submarine into the ring at the Blackbutt Show.
BOY AND BEAST: Callum McUtchen leading light-weight steer Yellow Submarine into the ring at the Blackbutt Show. Tessa Mapstone

Tiny handler brings the beef to the ring

THE line-up of led steers in the ring was one of the biggest the Blackbutt Show had ever seen, and the light-weight class featured one very small handler.

Callum McUtchen, 3, was dwarfed by Yellow Submarine, the nine-month-old steer he presented to the judge.

But it was clear he was the one in control.

His mum, Kathryn , said the Windera boy and his big brother Rory, 5, who was also in the ring, had been around cattle since the day they were born.

"It's Callum's first year showing," she said.

"He's been in the ring a couple of times before, this must be his second or third show. He loves it."

Callum had some expert support in the ring from his dad James, who led another steer beside Callum.

The pair and their beasts were among 20 competitors in the lightweight class.

Show steward Margaret Wilson said the turn-out was impressive.

"It's one of the biggest line-ups we've had at the Blackbutt Show," she said.

"We're trying to enlist more interest.

"Maybe we will have another class next year so the smaller animals don't have too much of a challenge with the heavier classes."

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