Next generation shine on Day Two of Beef2024

Published 06 May 2024

Media Release

The next generation of beef producers and exhibitors were the star attraction in Centre Ring at Beef2024 today, in a celebration of the Australian beef industry’s best young talent from right across the country.

Three titles – the Datamars Livestock Junior Paraders, Charbray Society Junior School Team Judging and Datamars Livestock Junior Led Steer Competition – were decided before the Brighter Super People’s Day crowd, and the competition was electric.

The youngest age group produced the overall champion in the Datamars Livestock Junior Paraders competition, with 10-year-old George Streeter from Fairy Springs Brahman Stud south of Theodore impressing judge Terry Connor.

“When he walks, his legs walk in sync with the front of the animals’ legs, almost like floating on a cloud,” Mr Connor said of George.

“He impressed me with his demeanour both outside the ring and inside the ring, and really knows how to present the body of the animal.”

George said he was focusing on keeping himself and 15-month old Brahman, Estella, calm and in control.

“She’s very nice and pretty easy to handle, which is why I like to lead her,” he said.

“I was also focusing on making her stand up nice and square, and being in the right position around the ring.

“I was very nervous before they announced the winner, but then super excited when my name got called.”

Nearly 200 students took to Centre Ring for the Charbray Society Junior School Team Judging, assessing four Charbray bulls alongside overjudge Dr Cherie Gooding.

Downlands College number 2 team of Hamish Genrich, Liesel Groves, Ben Patterson and Matt Thomas took out the top honours, with SCOTS PGC College number 1 team finishing second and Nudgee College number 1 team in third.

It was Downlands’ second win at Beef2024, after student Georgia Lynch took out top honours in the Nutrien Ag Solutions Young Commercial Judges competition on Sunday.

Dr Gooding said it was fantastic to see so many schools competing, some which travelled a significant distance to be there.

“It’s great that Beef Australia puts on these events to give the students the opportunity to showcase what they do as a school and also as individuals,” she said.

“Working with students and our future generations of the beef industry is something I’m really passionate about.”

The junior events wrapped up with the Datamars Livestock Junior Led Steer Competition, with 544kg Square Meater x Limousin, Thumper, led by Lily Moore from Ilford New South Wales, named overall champion.

Beef Australia is proudly presented by the Australian Government and the Queensland Government.


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