Warwick couple bring home top spots with stellar steers
THUMPER had been to shows around the Southern Downs but it wasn't until he hung up on the hook at Casino Beef Week that he was recognised for the quality his owners always knew he had.
Shelbi Wantling was proud when her steer won second place in the heavyweight class for carcass, after her fiance Mitch McMahon took out third place in the heavyweight led steer competition.
Ms Wantling grew up on a farm and had always wanted to show cattle, but it wasn't until Casino Beef Week last year she felt ready to enter the ring.
Ms Wantling said showing steers helped build confidence, as well as an understanding of the food industry.
"You've got to know your steer and know its quality points and its flaws so you can accentuate the points to make it look better,” she said.
"I've learnt how much goes into what you get on your plate, it's so important that people understand that and the land is everything,” she said.
The Warwick couple spend their spare time preparing the cattle, breaking them in and washing and clipping them.
"It's a good break away from work; of a weekend you're with like-minded people,” Ms Wantling said.
Ms Wantling and Mr McMahon are preparing to travel to the Ekka to represent McMahon Show Steers.
While keen to keep their cattle showing a hobby, Ms Wantling said the cattle from Warwick producers could compete strongly with those in the city.
"We all work hard to get them there and have them looking good, we don't bring cattle there if they're not good enough,” she said.