It's shaping up to another classic Gympie carcass showdown
FOLLOWING near record entries in 2017, the Sullivan Livestock Gympie Carcass Classic is getting under way for what is shaping up to be another very successful year.
A slightly new committee will be in charge with some personnel changes occurring.
The Gowanlock Feedlot at Tansey, where the last four competitions have been held, has changed hands, but new owners Adrian and Jenny Bucknell are well on board and cattle will again be going to Gowanlock.
Previous co-ordinator Mick Senini's role has been taken over by Kate Power, and Hayden Pratt has joined as sponsorship co-ordinator.
Gowanlock owners and Ms Power and Mr Pratt have been joined on the overall Classic committee by Gympie vet Justin Schooth, Joe Offord, Goldmix StockFeeds and Mark Berthelsen, while long-term treasurer Neville Zerner remains along with Mr Senini and Barry McIntyre.
Once again building on the undoubted success of cattle backgrounding, before going to the feedlot animals entered will spend five weeks on improved pastures plus a dry lick on the Pratt farm at Tansey.
Ms Power said there was a fantastic response last year from graziers who had entered cattle or were just very interested observers, sponsors and many regional high schools.
Cattle entries meant a busy time for committee and workers dealing with and getting paper work and animal ID in place
Nominations, which close on March 2, are to be delivered to Woolooga Saleyards on Sunday, March 25 with induction on the next day from 9am-12 noon, and then moved to the backgrounding facility.
Initial weighing will be carried out at Gowanlock, with weights available via email or online at www.gdblg.org.au on March 30.
After the backgrounding period cattle will be moved to the feedlot and starting weights taken that will be available as above on March 6.
The mid-weigh field day date has to be announced but will include cattle viewing, trade stalls and informative industry speakers.
On Friday, July 13, the feedlot section ends with cattle on display for owners and other people to comment.
There will be a live cattle assessment, a selected eight head assessment, the Classic Four assessment with $5000 prize, trade stall and guest speakers.
The concluding part of the event is the Showcase Dinner held at Gunabul Homestead on Saturday, July 28 starting at 1pm with class winner presentations, speakers, drinks and dinner.