TIM Lloyd has been showing cattle at the Ekka for 30 odd years and the droughtmaster man isn't going to give it up any time soon.
The grazier from Heitiki Droughtmasters in New South Wales was in the cattle ring in Brisbane, showing off his hard work.
With his two sons in tow, Tim says their operation is very much a family orientated with a history of 40 years.
"We've been coming to the Ekka for 30 odd years showing cattle and it's a good chance for us to catch up with other people and compare cattle,” he said
With Doughmasters having always been his breed of choice, Tim says the Ekka is a good time to show other breeds what the Droughties are made of.
"It's such an economical breed. It's a breed that has great variation, which is tremendous,” Tim said.
"The Droughtmaster obviously suits a variety of markets and that is what is great. It is a breed that doesn't cost a lot or have a lot of risk and that is where you save money and make money.
"It ticks all the boxes it's a breed that is easy to handle, easy to finish and they are quiet.”
With 200 Droughtmasters on their property and generations of farming behind them, it was inevitable Tim's sons would jump on board.
Brothers Simon and Fergus Lloyd were both in the cattle ring early yesterday morning, helping each other tie their ties before it was time to show.
"They are really nice to handle and more on the clam side, they are not too rowdy,” Fergus said of the Droughtmaster breed.
"We have been around cattle and showing for as long as we can remember,” Simon added.
It was tough competition for the Droughtmasters at the Ekka yesterday with breeders coming from Central Queensland, New South Wales and all over to compete for the Grand Champion title.
With things kicking off at 9am the junior heifers were first off the rank.
- Junior Champion heifer was won by Glendlands Droughtmaster from Bouldercombe.
- With Glendlands also taking out Reserve Junior Champion.
- Junior bulls were next with Glendlands taking out Junior Champion Bull.
- The Pickering Family took home Reserve Junior Champion Bull.
- Senior champion cow or heifer went to Cebella Droughtmaster Stud.
- Reserve senior champion cow or calf went to Glendlands Droughtmasters.
- Grand champion cow or heifer went to Glendlands Droughtmaster, Glenlands Vanetta.
- Grand Champion Droughtmaster bull was taken out by Glenlands
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