The stud stock industry is set to shine at this year’s Beef Australia 2018 Landmark Stud Cattle Competition with record number of 1676 cattle nominated.
This is an increase of 281 head on the Beef 2015 event.
There will be 32 beef breeds competing and the Droughtmaster breed has recorded the most nominations with more than 250 entries.
Other breeds with large entries include the Brangus, Brahman, Santa Gertrudis, Charolais and Simmental breeds. Newcomers are the Fleckvieh, Brahmalow and Queenslander breeds.
The journey to compete in Beef 2018 began before Christmas for stud breeders Sharon and Greg Harms, Oakmore Droughtmasters, Greenmount.
Mrs Harms said they competed at their first Beef Australia showing in 2009, and are looking forward to the competition in May.
“We selected our stud team before Christmas and made our final selections last week before nominations closed,” Mrs Harms said.
“In all, we will take eight head, four bulls and four females, and we are now educating our team.
“We have halter broken them, and everyday we walk them and bring them out to tie up on the rail as part of their education.
Mrs Harms said their team was also earmarked to exhibit at both Clifton show and the Droughtmaster Futurity at Gatton to give them extra travel and show ring experience.
“This really gives them a feel for the show ring and presentation environment,” she said.
“Beef Australia certainly gives us the opportunity to mingle with the breed’s best, and is the greatest promotion of the Australian beef industry, both nationally and internationally.
“We will be away eight days with 10 hours travel from here at Greenmount.
“Thankfully it is on only every three years, as it is expensive to participate, but it is well worth it.”
Beef Australia’s stud committee chairman, Russell Hughes said with the general widespread industry confidence, a 20-year high number of registered cattle across Australia, and recent healthy stud sales, they were confident of strong entry numbers.
“However the 1676 entries has exceeded our expectations,” Mr Hughes said.
However the 1676 entries has exceeded our expectations.
“We began speaking with stud breeders and breed societies back in June last year to allow us to better plan our preparations and format for the competition.
“Based on that feedback, it’s now Beef Australia’s job to provide the best possible platform and program to allow Australia’s stud producers to best showcase their cattle in an inviting and competitive environment to our domestic and international visitors.”
New initiatives this year include a centre ring ‘grab and go’ providing food and drinks and plenty of shaded seating.
Late entries along with withdrawals and substitutions will be accepted by Beef Australia until Friday, March 2.