The tropical breeds took centre stage at Beef 2012 on Wednesday and the crowds responded with stands and ringside tents filling to capacity as paraders led their charges onto the grounds.
The Droughtmaster breed, celebrating its golden jubilee this year, had the largest number of cattle at Beef 2012, with Rick Greenup of Greenup Eidsvold Santa Gertrudis appointed to judge the 300 strong field.
The Carrington family’s Rondel Drougthmaster Stud, Winton, took the broadribbon for grand champion Droughtmaster female with Rondel New Idea, while the Childs family’s Glenlands Stud exhibited the grand champion Droughtmaster bull with 2011 Brisbane RNA grand champion Glenlands Prince.
In the Brahman judging the Kirk family’s Carinya Brahman Stud, Gayndah, took the grand championship quinella with Carinya Jessica and Carinya Whitewash claiming both major honours. Whitewash is the son of Carinya Riddell which was Beef 2009 champion Brahman at Rockhampton three years ago.
One of the biggest crowds of the day was reserved for the Brangus judging ring, with visitors to the World Brangus Congress, currently running in conjunction with Beef 2012, packing the viewing areas.
The Lill Family’s Chadwick Downs Brangus Stud, Coonabarabran, NSW, exhibited the grand champion Brangus female while the Dingle family’s Redline Brangus Stud, Eidsvold, paraded the grand champion Brangus bull.
Shaun and Jo McGuigan’s Cree Santa Gertruids stud from Thangool was also a major winner, claiming the grand champion Santa Gertrudis female title with Cree Empress E081, and the Adams family’s Dangarfield Stud from Taroom exhibited the grand champion Santa Gertrudis bull, Dangarfield Universe.
Beef 2012 is at the forefront of information technology with results transferred instantaneously from each stud ring straight to the Beef Australia website iPads as they are announced.
Almost outnumbering cattle on the grounds were newly appointed Queensland Government ministers who converged on the triennial beef industry exposition on Wednesday.
Queensland treasurer and minister for trade Tim Nichols said beef was Queensland’s largest agricultural industry, worth $5.4 billion to the State’s economy and almost $3 billion in exports.
"We want to build on our existing relationships with major partners like Japan, the United States and South Korea and expand into growing beef markets like China, where beef consumption is forecast to double by 2020," Mr Nichols said.
Queensland natural resources and mines minister Andrew Cripps used his visit to encourage landholders to visit the department’s trade site to brush up on their knowledge of their land access rights and responsibilities when dealing with resource companies.
The State’s new agriculture minister John McVeigh was also on hand to launch the FutureBeef program, which is designed to achieve better coordination of beef extension services across Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.
In the seminar rooms MLA Europe region manager Jason Strong beamed in via Skype, while producers converged on MLA’s producer forums to learn about the latest Research and Development and beef marketing updates.
All cattle judging results are available on the Beef Australia website here
For more pictures from Tuesday see here