HAYDEN Beresford’s secret to success is pretty simple: “I just like cattle.”
The quietly spoken 13-year-old Limousin stud owner turned heads at the Fraser Coast Show last week when his junior bull, Bony Villa Harry won his class, then grand champion Bos Taurus bull, then grand champion interbreed and eventually supreme champion beast of the show.
Bony Villa also took home the pair of junior heifers interbreed ribbon and the champion sires progeny group.
The 19-month-old Harry is by Ulster Codie out of Ulster Elanor and held the judges’ attention throughout the competition.
But it’s not the first time the bull has led young Hayden to shake hands for the top broad ribbon.
Harry took out supreme exhibit at the Mount Perry show in April.
At the Monto Show the following weekend though, the bull didn’t even place in his class.
Although the Biggenden-based stud has enjoyed a good run, the highs and lows of showing cattle provide some important lessons as well.
“It teaches them that there are no rights and wrongs in judging - it’s the judge’s opinion on the day,” said Malcolm Beresford, Hayden’s father.
The family has used Limousins commercially for the past 22 years.
Hayden picked the potential of the bull as a calf. Malcolm said a bit of advice confirmed their gut feelings.
“A few of the old hands and fitters said to keep that bull going,” Malcolm said.
“There are a lot of old hands at the show that encourage the young ones which is good to see, giving them knowledge.”
Malcolm said he enjoyed seeing the camaraderie between the young cattle exhibitors and handlers.
Not surprisingly, a career in cattle is on the cards for Hayden.
“He’s been doing it for 13 years - he knows nothing else,” Malcolm said.
Hayden plans to show Harry at the Rockhampton Show before trying his luck at the Royal Queensland Exhibition in August.