Main steer champion judging at the show
AFTER a full day of judging, the champion led steers from each category will be in the main arena vying for the titles of champion steer and reserve champion steer.
This will showcase up to eight supreme quality led steers from all classes to provide an insight into the type and style of beef animals consumers are demanding domestically and what our vital export market clients are looking for today.
Providing a connect between producer and consumer is a key focus for this event and, along with judges' comments, our own 2016 Farmer of the Year David Bondfield, from Palgrove Charolais and Ultrablacks, will share his industry knowledge around cattle breeding and trends to ensure this event is as educational as possible.
Show organisers will run a crowd's choice steer competition during the championship class judging, where the four steers in the ring will each have a nominated colour and volunteers will circulate in the bar, selling tickets for $2 each or three for $5 for each steer in the ring.
The steer which receives the most ticket sales during the 30 minutes will receive a $500 cash prize.
Organisers will then draw a ticket from that steer's bucket and a lucky buyer will receive 50 per cent of the money raised for that steer - to hopefully spend at the main bar - and the remaining 50 per cent of the money will go towards upgrades in the stud cattle section.
As well as being a crowd spectacle and educational event, the main driver of promoting this category at the 2018 Stanthorpe Show is to encourage our youth into the industry.
To break in and show a led steer is not out of reach for anyone.
You don't need to own a successful beef cattle stud or operation to participate.
All you need is the support and guidance from someone who can procure the right style of animal, learn how to feed the animal on the correct plane of nutrition to be in a finished condition by show time.
Stanthorpe High School Principal Peter Grant and the agricultural department staff have been strong at introducing and fostering local children into the beef industry.
This event provides another pathway for kids to get experience outside the school facility in their own right.
Through this some local kids have kicked off their own cattle showing sideline business and pursued careers in the beef industry and this is proof the exposure is worthwhile.
Champion Steer Competition
Championship steer judging will be held in the main arena from 5.30-6pm friday night