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LIVESTOCK | 25 October 2013

Youth in agriculture on show at Tamworth Beef Championships



18 October 2013​


IMAGE: From left to right - Joel Fleming (Landmark Tamworth), Mark Constable (Owner Grand Champion), Mike Traynor (Judge), John Wilcox (Handler), Bronson McLay (Bindaree Beef) and Tom Wilding-Davies (Landmark Albury). Image courtesy of Wild Fillies Photography.


Landmark’s inaugural Tamworth Beef Championships drew more than 100 competitors aged 12 to 19 in a celebration of youth in the Australian beef industry.


The event, held at the Australian Equine Livestock and Events Centre and Tamworth Regional Livestock Exchange earlier this month, combined educational workshops with the traditional hands-on experience of showing, parading and judging cattle.


Seventeen-year-old Amelia Riley of Duri, 20km south of Tamworth, NSW, was named Champion Judge and 15-year-old Aimee Bolton of Congupna, 10km north of Shepparton, Victoria, Champion Parader.


Presenting the winners’ sashes, Federal Agricultural Minister Barnaby Joyce said the event showcased brilliantly “the passion of our young people for agriculture”, a sentiment echoed by Landmark Tamworth branch manager and event organiser Mark Witherdin.


“The event demonstrated and celebrated the talent and enthusiasm in youth in agriculture that will drive the industry forward in future,” Mr Witherdin said.


A committed partner of the Future Farmers Network, Landmark designed the event to not only showcase the beef industry, but the educational opportunities available to students seeking a career in agriculture.


“Landmark has a 150-year commitment to Australian agriculture and we know fostering the talent of tomorrow is critical for the future growth and success of our industry,” Mr Witherdin said.


The Landmark Beef Championships consisted of led and unled cattle classes, a carcass competition, prime cattle classes, feeder cattle classes and the junior judging and paraders competitions.


Bronson McLay, Head Stock Buyer at Bindaree Beef (sponsor of the led steer competition), said the 93 per cent Meat Standards Australia compliance rate in the carcass competition was well above industry standard and most pleasing from the processor’s point of view.


“The cattle on show were exceptional for the first time running of the event and it’s a credit to all those who entered, especially given many had only minimal time to prepare,” Mr McLay added.


In the carcass competition, Mark and Colleen Constable of Merriwa, NSW, won the Grand Champion on the Hoof sash and Trevor and Eliza Newcombe of Duri, NSW, the Grand Champion on the Hook sash.


“Landmark is committed to the growth of this livestock concept; nurturing youth in agriculture is an ongoing commitment for us and the Landmark Beef Championships will be bigger and stronger in 2014 with some great concepts already on the table,” Mr Witherdin said.


For full results or more information, call event organiser Mark Witherdin on (02) 6765 5211.



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