Grant takes out top slot at show
NUMBERS had dwindled butquality was superb, according to Stanthorpe Show's most successful exhibitor in the prime cattle section.
Peter Grant from The Downfall Limousins took home the coveted award, one which he'd previously picked up a few years ago.
"It's fantastic for us,” Mr Grant said.
"We really appreciate that in such a tough time the sponsors have been here to support us and the workers have been assisting in the yards.
"It's really good to take it out.”
The stud owner and Stanthorpe State High School principal said he wasn't sure what set him apart from his competitors but managed to win or place in several categories.
He got reserve champion in the grain-fed steer class, a first in the single milk-tooth grass-fed steer or heifer and a second for his grain-fed milk-tooth steer.
"It's great that the others are here during such a tough time for the market,” Mr Grant said.
"Numbers are definitely down but the quality is probably actually better than what it was last year.
"That's been a progression over a number of years now. The numbers themselves fluctuate a bit but the quality of the cattle and the finish on them has improved.”
Prime cattle chief steward Michael Boucher said he'd predicted some time ago that they'd struggle for numbers.
"Considering right from the start of Christmas time I said to the committee that it's all going to be grain-fed because we won't have anyone with any grass shortly and that's the way it turned out,” Mr Boucher said.
"We've got some beautiful calves at home, eight months old, and they should be as good as anything here but they're not because the mother's not getting any grass.
"We seriously need run-off rain. Blokes down in Ballandean are in serious trouble.”
Miles Benn took home first placings for his grass-fed champion beast and grass-fed reserve champion beast and champion grass-fed heifer.
NTR Ag were successful, claiming wins in the champion grass-fed steer, reserve champion grass-fed heifer and grand champion grass-fed beast.
D and A Bonner won reserve champion grass-fed steer, S and M Skimmings won champion grain-fed heifer and Ross and Wendy Fagg won champion grain-fed steer and grand champion grain-fed beast.
L and J Gross got top prizes in the champion grain-fed beast, reserve champion grain-fed beast and reserve champion grain-fed heifer.