The Weekly Grill

S2 Ep 8: Is there a future for stud cattle showing? We ask RAS’s Al Rayner and RNA’s Gary Noller

On the eve of the 200th annual Royal Easter Show in Sydney next week, the Weekly Grill podcast host Kerry Lonergan this week turns up the heat on two prominent people involved in cattle showing and competition in Royal shows in Sydney and Brisbane.

Sydney show chief beef cattle steward Al Rayner and Brisbane show’s chief beef cattle steward Gary Noller have seen stud show rings and led steer judging evolve over the last 40 years.

Gary Noller

Is there a future for showing stud cattle, in a world increasingly dominated by objective measurement? What does the future hold for led steer competitions? Is Australia likely to embrace the US trend, where led steer prize money is emerging as a form of tertiary education ‘scholarship’ for some lucky young handlers?

In a wide-ranging conversation, the pair touch on a range of topics to do with the hallowed tradition of showing stud and commercial cattle.


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Readers can find more than 40 past episodes from podcasts recorded over the past 12 months, featuring a wide range of stakeholders from across the red meat supply chain, in the links below.

Check out our earlier  Weekly Grill podcasts here, including beef processing plant manager Wasa Mudannayake; Jock Whittle, head of asset performance for Macquarie Group’s MIRA Agriculture division, including Paraway Pastoral Co; veteran beef industry leader David Crombie; Beef Central’s regular live export market commentator and columnist, Dr Ross Ainsworth; our regular cattle market wrap with TEM’s Matt Dalgleish and Stockco’s Chris Howie; Australian meat Industry Council’s Patrick Hutchinson; Agriculture Minister  David Littleproud;  Council of Australia president Markus Rathsmann;  Patrick Warmoll, the boss of Jack’s Creek Wagyu; veteran pastoral company executive Roger Halliwell; retired non-packer beef exporter, Richard Rains; carbon trading expert, Toby Grogan from Impact Agriculture; Red Meat Advisory Council chair, John McKillop; stud cattle showing identities Gary Noller and Rob Sinnamon; veteran Victorian cattle buyer David Ronalds; beef processing legend, ACC’s David Foote;  Live export class action facilitator, Tracey Hayes; Signature Beef’s Blair Angus; Consolidated Pastoral Co chief and Livecorp chairman, Troy Setter; nutrition scientist and MLA special skills board member, Manny Noakes; CCA independent northern and southern directors, Alice Greenup and Olivia Lawson; Australian Agricultural Co head Hugh Killen; Sydney independent red meat retailer Stephen Kelly; lotfeeder, Charlie Mort; processor and supply chain manager, Terry Nolan; livestock transport operator Ross Fraser; and Organic supply chain manager Alister Ferguson.



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