Clermont Beef Expo
Clermont Beef Expo 2015
Held on the Wednesday 28th October, the 3rd annual Clermont Beef Expo was a great success. Despite the 37 degree heat on the day, there was a crowd of about 250 people in attendance to take part in the commercial cattle sale, trade displays, Q&A forum and Billa Park Simmental Bull Sale.
- Pen of Jap Bullocks Grain Fed – Sponsored by Paringa Feedlot – Won by Reklaw Cattle Co
- Pen of Jap Bullocks Grass Fed – Sponsored by Suncorp Agribusiness – Won by F & C Finger
- Pen of Jap Bullocks Grain Assist – Sponsored by Shadow Insurance – Won by C & A Lawrence
- Pen of Export Cows – Sponsored by Westpac Agribusiness – Won by Tay Glen Pastoral Co
- Pen of Trade Steers Grain Fed – Sponsored by Allflex – Won by Reklaw Cattle Co
- Pen of Trade Steers Grain Assist – Sponsored by Burenda Holdings – Won by WE, JF, RW Faint
- Pen of Trade Steers Grass Fed – Sponsored by Rabobank – Won by BJ & CM Anderson
- Pen of Trade Heifers Grass Fed – Sponsored by NAB Agribusiness – Won by G & S Rickertt
- Pen of Trade Heifers Grain Assist – Sponsored by Betapoly – Won by Burenda Holdings
- Pen of Feeder Steers – Sponsored by Merial Eclipse – Won by A & C Guilfoyle
- Pen of Feeder Heifers – Sponsored by HHH Partners – Won by Bennigang Grazing
- Pen of Store Heifers – Sponsored by Clermont Open Cut|Glencore – Won by M. Borg
- Pen of Store Steers – Sponsored by Clermont Open Cut|Glencore – Won by M. Borg
- Pen of Weaner Steers – Sponsored by Hanrick & Curran – Won by Mt Mica Grazing Co
Champion Section Winners
- Champion Pen of Prime Cattle – Sponsored by Billa Park – Won by Reklaw Cattle Co
- Champion Pen of Store Cattle – Sponsored by Thynne & Macartney – Won by Mt Mica Grazing Co
- Sally Taylor Supreme Champion Beast – Sponsored by ANZ – Won by Reklaw Cattle Co
- Grand Champion Exhibit – Sponsored by Isaac Regional Council – Won by Reklaw Cattle Co
Commercial Cattle Sale
The commercial cattle sale saw some great quality cattle, with 1345 yarded and 49 exhibitors in total. Local vet Dr Alan Guilfoyle’s feeder steers, topped the sale at 310c/kg.
Trade Displays & Demonstrations
There were about 38 trade displays at this years Expo, ranging from financial institutions, to agricultural products and local businesses. It offered a great opportunity to network and keep in touch with the latest information and products. As always CRT did a brilliant job of organising and setting up the Trade Displays.
The afternoon saw an active panel discussion on ‘The W.H.Y of Equity Partnerships’ in relation to the rural industry, which gave local graziers a lot of food for thought. This is a topic that is being discussed more and more, particularly given our present drought conditions over much of Queensland.
The panel was led by renowned local grazier John Burnett and addressed items such as: What are the opportunities at present? How will this benefit my business? How do banks become involved? Why would I consider equity partnerships?
The panel featured guest speakers who are considered experts in their fields:
John Kotzur: Partner at Hanrick Curran who leads a strong team of dedicated professionals in servicing a wide range of SME, Corporate and individuals in the agribusiness sector.
Craig Price: General Manager Livestock at Kilcoy Pastoral Co. Craig has been involved in the processing industry for 27 years and has been part of the transformation of KPC from processing all categories of cattle to 100% 100 day grain fed.
Mark Cook: Managing Director of Cue Agribusiness. Mark has been involved in agriculture for over 20 years and provides a unique perspective of the approach taken by Sovereign and Institutional Investors in their deployment of capital in agriculture.
Emma Robinson: Beef Producer with her husband Michael Duckett who operates cattle properties in North & Central QLD. She holds a Bachelor & Masters of Science, is a graduate of the Australia Rural Leadership Program and has held senior planning positions within the former QLD Department of Primary Industries.
Mark Morton: Chief Executive Officer of Practical Systems Ltd, who specialise in developing information systems for Australian livestock producers. As a consequence he has a developed a unique insight and views on how Information technology adds value to beef producers.
Billa Park Simmental Bull Sale
The last item for the day was the 2nd annual Bill Park Simmental bull sale. Sixteen bulls sold on the day, with an average of $5,031 and a clearance rate of 84%.
The top-priced bull, the first of the York’s hybrid bulls, sold for $11,000 to Muirhead Pastoral Co, Weetalaba Station, Collinsville.
After such a dry season, it was brilliant to see such confidence from the local producers. All of the bulls were sold locally, except one to Roma and another Wowan.
Hoch & Wilkinson together with CRT Clermont Agencies & even partner Queensland Country Life would like to thank the 2015 Sponsors, Cattle Exhibitors, Judge, Truade Display Exhibitors & Guest Speakers for their contributions to another successful Clermont Beef Expo. Special thanks to John Burnett, Clermont QCWA, Commercial Hotel and the Clermont & wider communities who came along to support the 2015 Clermont Beef Expo.