Bittersweet win for Karrabin exhibitor
KARRABIN cattle exhibitor Gerry Muckert's first win at the Ekka was a bittersweet one.
The veteran of dozens of Ipswich, Moreton and Silverdale cattle shows owns his own butcher's shop, but still admits to having a soft side when it comes to his precious Limousin-droughtmaster crosses.
So it was with a heavy heart that he bid farewell to his most prized steer at the prime cattle judging last Thursday.
The steer took top honours out of a field of 500 of the State's best beef cattle.
The 646kg beast won Champion Steer of the show and was sold to Gympie buyer Terry Nolan of Nolan's Meats for an impressive $4554.30.
While excited about the success, Mr Muckert said he was sad to see such a beautiful young steer go to the slaughter.
"He was absolutely one of the best steers I've ever had," a proud Mr Muckert said.
"I used to pat him every day I'm going to miss him."
Mr Muckert frequents cattle sales across the region, looking for cattle to bring up to show condition.
Those which don't make the cut end up as a different kind of cut the type you can find in his Brassall butcher's shop.
He said his cattle were grain-fed and the drought hadn't affected him too severely to date though his spring-fed dam, which hasn't been dry in 28 years, was getting low.