The NORTH Queensland beef industry's future is in very good hands, with the commercial junior judging competition at the Northern Beef Producers Expo in Charters Towers attracting strong interest on Friday.
Thirty students participated in this year's event, representing four schools including All Souls St Gabriels School, Columba Catholic College, Charters Distance Education and Blackheath & Thornburgh College.
The students were tasked to judge a class of four bullocks and a pen of heifers.
Taking out the first place title in the 12 and under class was Dusty Allen, All Souls and the 13 and over class Luke Steven also from All Souls.
Junior judges coordinator and steward Jess Blakey, Charters Towers, hailed the competition a success.
"The students were judging the commercial bullock class, looking at meatworks and slaughter characteristics and the reproduction heifer replacements, which they were looking for further on production," Ms Blakey said.
"The cattle that the students' judged were sourced throughout central and north Queensland and we were very lucky to have quite a few vendors this year in our commercial cattle camp, and a great range.
"We were very lucky to have Isaac Kent from Ooline Brahmans from and come forward and with his knowledge and background in commercial production."
12 and Under Class
- Dusty Allen, All Souls
- Ben Leake, All Souls
- Lucy Nielsen, Charters Towers Distance School of Education
13 and Over Class
- Luke Steven, All Souls
- Dustin Finger, All Souls
- Stephanie Murray, Columba