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Staff preparing stud cattle to take on the best

By Patrick Nelson

Leading hand Troy Johnson presents Huckleberry to the judge at Freds Pass Show Leading hand Troy Johnson presents Huckleberry to the judge at Freds Pass Show

Charles Darwin University staff in Katherine are preparing to take a herd of 12 cattle to the Darwin Show next month, quietly confident they can at least match last year’s high-watermark performance.

Farm and stud overseer Jess Beckhouse said staff had begun breaking in several of the top weaners at Katherine Rural Campus.

“The quality of our stud cattle is very good so we expect to do well, but the competition is always tough,” Ms Beckhouse said.

“We picked up several high awards last year including champion senior cow and supreme champion cow.”

Ms Beckhouse said several two-year-olds and several three-year-olds who had been to previous Shows, were under consideration again.

“We are also looking at our options for the Katherine Show,” she said.

Ms Beckhouse said three CDU cattle picked up ribbons at the Freds Pass Show recently.

“Isabella, Huckleberry and Hercules have each added to the collection of ribbons they gathered at last year’s Darwin and Katherine Shows,” she said

2014 Freds Pass Show results:
Hercules – second in best registered male over 2 years
Huckleberry – third in best registered male over 2 years
Isabella – third in best registered female aged 13-24 months