Thousands enjoyed the colour and spectacle of Australia’s biggest stud cattle exhibition in Rockhampton this week, where three days of judging finish tomorrow with the interbreed championship.
When stud beef entries officially closed in February, a total entry of 1676 registered cattle had been received – a huge 20 percent rise on the 2015 event – confirming the Rockhampton beef expo as easily the largest and most diverse seedstock show in Australia.
A total of 32 breeds are represented on the grounds this year – down a little on the record 40 breeds some years ago.
Beef Central’s camera caught some of the action around the rings…
Alan and Natalie Goodland, Clare, Theodore, with their children, Mac, Halle and Indiah. Click on all images for a larger view
Brahman judging underway on Day 2 of Beef 2018
Jaranchai Jansuwan, Sittchai Jamikorn and Wiroon Manomaiwong, from 12 Breeders, Thailand.
International guest Fernanado Apesteguia, Alta Genetics, Argentina, and Tony Simpson, Alta Genetics, Australia, Northern Territory
Brahman sponsor Margaret Maloney sashed the calf champion female, Token Miss Jillaroo, which was paraded by Darcy Mortimer, Token Brahmans, Rockhampton, and exhibited by his family.
Speckle Park judge Don McConnell, Mount Brisbane Droughtmasters, Esk.
Commerical cattle operators Robert Hartwig, Glandore, Biloela, Megan Dunne, Shawlands, Biloela, and Alison and John Hodda, Merlewood, Goovigen.
Lyndsey Douglas, STOCKD, O’Connell, NSW, talking to Beef 2018 show announcer Angus Lane about the launch of her new livestock marketing app
Georgia Darcy Graham, Kioma Brafords, Kingaroy, with their grand champion cow, Kioma Marmalade, and heifer calf, Hot Cakes. Pictured with them are Braford Society patron Larry Acton and James Saunders, Landmark, Rockhampton.
Nudgee College cattle club representatives David Johnston, Rachel Wilson, Bridget and Dan Peart, Paul Raven and Brian O’Reilly.
Murray and Gaylene Underwood, Yeppoon, with their one year old daughter, Kate.
Our next generation of beef producers competing in the Beef 2018 young judges competition.
Downlands College cattle team during the Hereford judging on Day 2.