Our beasts are best: Bundaberg cattle rule show
NOT many 15-year-olds spend their spare time showing cattle, but for Hayden Beresford it has paid off.
He took out a Grand Champion ribbon at the Bundaberg Show with his limousin bull, Double Bar Kenworth, which he bought last year and keeps at his family farm at Boompa, near Biggenden.
So why does he do it?
"It's my dream, I guess," he said. "I just love showing (the cattle) off and meeting new people."
Mr Beresford won out over tough competition from Paul Forman, of Oakwood Limousins, who himself started out in the game when he was just 14.
"Outgunned," Mr Forman grinned as he led Oakvale Dude, which judges described as an "extremely powerful ... symbol of the beef industry", out of the ring.
Oakvale Dude took out Supreme Beast last week at the Fraser Coast Show.
The Oakwood stud, which Paul runs with wife Kelli, held a record-breaking sale at their Woongarra property in January.
The Supreme Champion award, which goes to the overall best beast of the show, went to a Brahman, Whitaker Miss Pearl, a junior heifer from the CW Whitaker stud at Mundubbera.
"We showed her lightly last year but this is her first main year," owner Clint Whitaker, who runs the stud with his wife, Robyn, said. "This is her prime time."
There each day to help prepare and show the beasts are ag students from Bundaberg Christian College, as the Hoof and Hook team.
"We have students from year seven right through to 12. The older ones are quite experienced handlers, and they teach the younger students. It's wonderful," teacher Lynne Howkins said.
"They love the land, they love the animals, and they love being together.
"It's great being able to see the calibre of the farmers, and the team spirit here - it's Team Bundy."