BEEF returned to the show ring for the first time post-COVID as part of the closed-gate Lang Lang Show.
A new cattle committee was formed not long before the Lang Lang P, A & H Show was planned to go ahead after all the COVID- 19 shutdowns and restrictions.
A youth education and stock show on Friday afternoon before the cattle judging on Saturday was a fresh incentive for the show.
Children and young adults attended the Lang Lang Showgrounds and gained valuable tuition, guidance and hands-on experience in how to wash, dry, comb, clip and present their animals for shows and sales.
Attendees as young as seven got to lead heifers in a fun non-intimidating environment. For some, it was their first time handling an animal that was potentially 20 times their size and weight.
Participants were instructed how to lead the animals around before being judged by Clay Marbilia of Graham’s Seeds in a parader competition. They also learnt about the finer points of judging and assessing cattle and competing in a junior judges’ competition where the winners from each have the chance to compete at the Royal Melbourne Show in the State Finals.
Jamie Vospher, from Yea, stole the evening, winning both Champion Handler and Champion Junior Judge. She now has the chance to compete in the state finals at the Royal Melbourne Show later in the year.
On the Saturday, cattle were presented for judging in the Lang Lang Show Beef Cattle Spectacular all breeds competition. The event attracted cattle from not only around Gippsland, but also from around Victoria and was judged by Courtney Hazeldean of Ganado Murray Greys in Central Victoria.
Leigh Price’s black Limousin heifer, Black Label Rejoice was named Junior Champion Heifer and won an Agri-Gene semen voucher, while a Speckle Park cow from Hanging Rock Heather P01 took out Senior Champion Female and went on to be the Grand Champion Female and winning a flush from Bass Valley Embryo Services.
The impressive 19-month-old Simmental bull, Mt Ararat Quantum, won the Junior Champion and went on to be crowned the Grand Champion Bull from the Senior Champion winner, a Welsh Black named Buchanan Park Lincoln, owned by Allan and Jill Furborough.
Mt Ararat Quantum shone through to be named Supreme Exhibit form over 50 exhibits and won 5 litres of Eprinex cattle drench from Boehringer Ingelheim, while Hanging Rock Speckle Park Stud was named the most successful exhibitor
All the exhibitors, sponsors and officials were treated to a masterclass in cooking beef by Warialda Belted Galloway Beef who also supplied a tremendous breakfast and lunch in a happy, relaxed atmosphere.
Of course, this show would not be possible without the very generous support from the sponsors such as Boehringer Ingelheim, Bass Valley Embryo Services, Studcare Genetics, Alex Scott & Staff, Nutrien/ South Gippsland Livestock, Graham’s Seeds, Nutrien- Delaney Livestock & Property, Elders- Pakenham, Tomlins Transport, Down to Earth Garden Supplies in Drouin, Agri- Gene and YGP in Warragul.
The committee is already starting to plan for next year and looks forward to welcoming old and new faces again for an even bigger and better Beef Spectacular,
A full wrap up can be found on the Facebook page of Lang Lang P, A, & H Association Beef Cattle Spectacular.