AWARD WINNING: Frank and Cathy Finger took home five awards, including Grand Champion Exhibit.
AWARD WINNING: Frank and Cathy Finger took home five awards, including Grand Champion Exhibit. Jessica Dorey

Expo a cut above the rest

CROWDS gathered at Clermont show grounds and sale yards this week for the annual Clermont Beef Expo.

In its fourth year, the day continued its tradition of showcasing the quality local beef industry.

There was something for everyone at the Expo combining competitive sales and awards with demonstrations, inspiration business talks and trade displays.

Jake Passfield, from Hoch and Wilkinson, said the event built on the success of previous years.

"We were extremely pleased with the event this years,” he said.

"Compared to other years, the quality of yarding was arguabley the best ever.”

A successful cattle sale kicked off the day with Cynthia and Bernard Anderson making a generous donation to the Royal Flying Doctors from the sale of their steers.

As the sun shone overhead, the award presentation recognised the local beef quality.

Hugh and Sherry Philip, of Wyena, won the Champion Pen of Store Cattle with a pen of Droughtmaster feeder.

Jake Passfield, Hoch and Wilkinson, and Alex Ramsey, ANZ Agribusiness, with winner Sherry Philip, of Wyena.
Jake Passfield, Hoch and Wilkinson, and Alex Ramsey, ANZ Agribusiness, with winner Sherry Philip, of Wyena. Jessica Dorey

While the remaining three champion awards, were awarded to Frank and Cathy Finger, of Hillview.

The family won a total of five awards, including Pen of Jap Bullocks Grain Fed (minimum 100 days), Pen of Jap Bullocks Grain Assist/Crop Fed, Champion Pen of Prime Cattle, Supreme Champion Beast (Sally Taylor Memorial Trophy) and Grand Champion Exhibit.

Frank said although it was a great achievement, the awards came as a surprise.

"We are extremely thrilled with the result,” he said.

"Hillview is a family owned and run grazing farm entity.

"The awards are a testament to the Senepol breed which we cross breed with Brahman.”

The Billa Park Simmentals bull sale finished the day with the highest priced bull selling for $11,000. The bull was sold by Lucrana Simmentals to the Burnett family, of Bendemeer.

The average price of the bulls at the sale was $7950.


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