Quality cattle on show in Gin Gin

Clint Whitaker and Cr Wayne Honor with the Grey Brahman that took out junior champion bull in the stud cattle event at Gin Gin Show
Clint Whitaker and Cr Wayne Honor with the Grey Brahman that took out junior champion bull in the stud cattle event at Gin Gin Show.

A range of good quality cattle were up for inspection this morning at the Gin Gin Show stud cattle and prime cattle judging events.

Clint Whitaker made the roughly 150km trip again this year to show a number of Brahman and it paid off for him, taking out three categories.

“We make the yearly event at the Gin Gin Show,” Clint said.

“There’s some strong competition out there today and whilst we’ve certainly done okay I guess some notable wins were we had first, second and third in first junior bull class in the Bos Indicus,” Clint said.

“That was probably notable.

“We picked up the junior champion bull with the Grey Brahman bull that had won his class and we’ve just come out of the ring with the junior champion female title with a grey heifer.

“There’s certainly good cattle out there.”

Long preparation for cattle showing

Clint said he was running about 1400 head of cattle on his Mundubbera property and a lot of work went in to preparing the select few for show day.

“It’s all about trying to put your best out there. If you come up with a win that’s good,” he said.

“It really starts from identifying the cattle you may show as perhaps calfs, we try and get them from the calf stage, and then we’ll introduce them as breeders of stud cattle.

“We’re looking for good temperament cattle.

“You’ve got to do some hard yards at home and get them along to the show.”

Gin Gin Show cattle chief steward Dan Matthew said it was his fourth year coordinating the event and while numbers were slightly down on last year, he said it was a good turnout.

“This year we’re probably around 65 to 70 cattle,” Dan said.

“There's good quality across a range of breeds, which is what I like.

“We’ve got Bos Taurus, Bos Indicus, Speckle Park, yeah it’s a good showing.”

Cattle judging participants love Gin Gin Show

Dan and Clint both agreed the Gin Gin Show is a not-to-be missed event.

“I think the standout for me is the community. It’s the real community sense of getting together and helping each other out, that’s the best part,” Dan said.

Clint said shows were about people and communities.

“The Gin Gin Show is a great show that brings people and communities together,” Clint said.

“Gin Gin gets good support with plenty of people coming through.

“It’s a bit like a mini Brisbane Royal Show. We love Gin Gin Show.

“But the thing that brings you back is the people. You’re made to feel part of the community.”

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