Grand champion beast at Tenterfield Show 2017

John Claydon of "Springfield", Mingoola with his Grand Champion Beast of the prime cattle section of Tenterfield Show.

John Claydon of "Springfield", Mingoola with his Grand Champion Beast of the prime cattle section of Tenterfield Show.

Prime cattle judge Alistair Rayner of Tamworth said he enjoyed judging the section at the Tenterfield Show, appreciating the effort involved in bringing the cattle in for competition.

“From a show perspective it’s important to see the class grow,” he said.

“It’s a big part of the show.”

He credited the grand champion beast – a 13-month-old Brahman heifer owned by John Claydon of Springfield, Mingoola – of embodying the traits he really wanted to see. These include a good balance of carcase and the characteristics to contribute to a profitable herd.

A 25-year veteran of cattle breeding, John said he liked the breed for its versatility, doing ability and fertility in the harder country. He sells a lot of bulls into Burketown and has even hit the $25,000 mark at Rockhampton.

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