Superb three-peat for Leathers

Leather family make it a three-peat win at Callide Dawson carcase competition


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THRICE WINNERS: Melinee and Robert Leather, Barfield Station, Banana.

THRICE WINNERS: Melinee and Robert Leather, Barfield Station, Banana.

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THREE times the Leathers, Robert and Melinee, Barfield Station, Banana, were called from the audience at the Callide Dawson Beef Carcase Competition presentation dinner.

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THREE times the Leathers, Robert and Melinee, Barfield Station, Banana, were called from the audience at the Callide Dawson Beef Carcase Competition presentation dinner.

Each time they accepted big awards with a nod to good luck, great competitors and even greater family support.

Early in proceedings the Leathers finished third with their entrant in Class 2 pen of three grassfed steers.

Their pen tallied 403.18 points, finishing behind Nigel and Jane Onley whose pens 13 (407.46pts) and pen 12 (404.86pts) scored better in a fabulous 1-2 result.

In Class 4 single export heifer things were different with the Leathers No. 442 entrant awarded 144.87 points to finish ahead of the pack.

Their entrant beat No. 425 (144.01pts) and No. 426 (143.24pts), both from Mike and Kathleen Taylor, MK Cattle.

Mark and Rhonda Collins (No 417, 142.58pts) and David and Donna Reynolds (No 437, 140.77pts) rounded out the class.

Then the Leathers received the award for reserve champion steer carcase with entrant No. 247 on 147.60 points.

Robert Leather said he loved the awards night and paid credit to his family for helping them come out ahead of some "fine competition" but son Adam said it was all due to his parents.

"We've been crossing Brahmans and Limousin for probably 15-20 years and getting good results but this is just fabulous," Robert Leather said.

"The cross of those two produces a good animal. They have a high yield and we're always looking for good growth, good weight and good fat cover.

"It seems to be working.

"But you can never take matters too easily.

"This is a wonderful competition and there a lot of good entries and we've been so fortunate to have a great night."

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