GLENN and Kathleen Franz, Wahroonga, Jandowae, and their son Mitch pulled a rare Ekka double, winning both the Coles and Woolworths carcase competitions.
Mr Franz, who is a well known cattle buyer and runs the breeding and backgrounding operation Darr Creek Pastoral, said the entries were homebred cattle that had been specifically selected for the Ekka.
The steers had been fed for 78 days at Waloona, Millmerran, in preparation for the competition.
The Woolworths cattle were Angus/Limousin-cross steers treated with HGPs. The steers were processed at Teys Australia at Beenleigh in the value based MSA competition.
Second place in the Woolworths competition went to Kirsty Pitkin, B Feeders, Warwick, with a Speckle Park entry. In third place was Rich Enterprises, Wandoan, with an Angus-cross entry.
The non-HGP Coles entry, included the champion carcase and were from Santa/Droughtmaster cows that had been crossed with Euro bulls. Those cattle were processed at ACC, Cannon Hill according to Coles’ specifications.
Second place in the Coles competition went to the Sullivan family, Riverglen Pastoral, Condamine, with a Charolais-cross entry. In third place was Girlie Goody, Malakoff, Monto, with Limousin-cross.
Andrew and Fiona Bassingthwaighte, Yarragwonga, Wallumbilla, won the JBS pasture fed competition with their entry of six Santa steers.
The Bassingthwaightes were presented with the John Sullivan memorial shield for cattle suited to the Japanese trade with no more than four permanent teeth. Those cattle were processed at Dinmore.
The Bassingthwaightes also scored second place in the JBS competition with another Santa entry. In third place were John and Estelle Drynan, Gallinani, Esk, with Charbray steers.
The Sullivan family, Riverglen Pastoral, Condamine, had both the champion and reserve champion carcases in the JBS competition with Charolais-cross entries.