Animals still get their moment in the spotlight

Sheep care. . . Taking part in the junior shepherd competition are (from left) Hannah Hunt and Rascal, judge Kay Worthington, Charlee Hazlett (6) with Eleveta, Greer Hazlett (4) and Rona and Greer Hazlett. PHOTO: ROB HALL

There might not have been many A&P shows to attend this season but stud breeders had a chance to showcase their beef animals on Saturday.

The Southern Beef Show, organised by Waikaka farmer Rob Hall, was held at the Gore showgrounds.

Mr Hall said he was pleased with the turnout for the show.

“We had 41 animals.

“It gave people a chance to get their cattle out.”

The judges were Phil and Kay Worthington, of Fernside.

“Phil did the cattle judging and Kay did all the handlers’ competition.”

Calves needed training to wear a halter and be tethered ahead of being shown.

Holding an event gave people a deadline to get their young stock ready for showing.

“They’re much easier to tie up as youngsters than when they get bigger,” Mr Hall said.

The supreme champion was Julia Eden, of Glenure, with South Devon bull yearling Java Secure George.

Jave Secure George was also the junior grand champion.

There was also a young shepherd competition, which Hannah Hunt (8), of North Chatton, won with her sheep Rascal.