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Teen claims consecutive broad ribbons

HOW IT’S DONE: Kahlia and Adam Williamson in front of their grand champion steer, which tipped the scales at 510kg.
HOW IT’S DONE: Kahlia and Adam Williamson in front of their grand champion steer, which tipped the scales at 510kg. Toni Somes

TAKING home the premier prime cattle title at Stanthorpe Show once could be considered simple good fortune but win twice in consecutive years and you have the attention of the beef industry.

Ballandean teenager Adam Williamson and his 14-year-old sister Kahlia took home the hotly-contested grand champion beast of the show trophy on Friday.

It is the second year in a row the young cattleman has beaten a crowd of seasoned producers to claim the major title.

This year he did it with a 14-month-old steer, which weighed in at 510kg and was described by judge Pat McMahon as a "really nice steak".

"We bred this steer ourselves - he was out of one of our commercial cows but by our Limousin stud bull Downfall Ebull," Adam said.

"He's been on grain for about 100 days coming up to the show and we were happy with how he finished."

The 17 year old, who finished Year 12 at Stanthorpe High last year, is no stranger to the merits of good beef.

He is now an apprentice butcher and determined to develop an understanding of the cattle industry from all angles.

"I think bringing cattle into the show is a good way of finding out how you are going and getting some feedback from judges," Adam said.

"It's definitely a pretty nice feeling when you do well but, for us, this is really just the start of the show season.

"This year we want to make it to the Ekka and see how we go there."

If feedback from experienced cattleman and show judge Pat McMahon is any indication, the teenager is heading in the right direction.

Mr McMahon said the grand champion entry was the "most complete steer in the competition with very good muscling, even fat coverage and sound temperament".

"The winning steer displayed the ideal carcass traits but it was a close competition between him and the reserve champion heifer," he said.

"Ultimately though, he had more maturity and more meat to bone yield.

"Overall I was impressed with the cattle entered in the show and they were a credit to the people, who entered them.

"In particular I would have to mention the quality of the cow and calf entries, along with the replacement heifer classes, they were very good breeders and examples of what the beef industry needs looking ahead."

In another repeat show performance Michael Boucher, in conjunction with Dan and Dara Hood, was named most successful exhibitor, taking home the reserve champion title as well as champion female.

Speaking on behalf of exhibitors Mr Boucher said dry times had added to the challenges facing producers leading up to this year's show.

Champions

  • Champion light weight beast: Jack Griffith.
  • Champion medium weight beast: Adam and Kahlia Williamson.
  • Champion steer of the show: Adam and Kahlia Williamson.
  • Champion female of the show: Hood and Boucher.
  • Grand champion beast of the show: Adam and Kahlia Williamson.
  • Reserve champion beast of the show: Hood and Boucher.
  • Most successful exhibitor: Hood and Boucher.

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