Moo-ve over Mr Gross, young farmers steal the show
BILL Gross thought he had the grand champion prime beast of the show title in the bag.
He selected the best cattle from the Warwick Saleyards, fattened them on quality feed for 70 days and waited until the last minute to select the best 14 santa-limousin cross steers from his herd of 500 head at his Risdon Park feedlot.
As prime cattle judging drew to a close, Mr Gross was clear leader, having won the coveted champion pen of three and champion heifer or steer categories.
He said given the drought conditions, grain-fed feedlot cattle had a natural advantage over those fattened on pasture.
Those ambitions went to pot as the judge weighed the options for grand champion.
Mr Gross was undone by Pretty Boy Floyd, a quiet-natured charolais vealer hand-reared by brothers Cody and Mitchell Muller.
The judge was enraptured by length, evenness and carcass potential of the eight-month-old vealer.
The two Tannymorel brothers were stoked with their win and didn't expect to unseat a veteran like Mr Gross.
Their dad, Glenn, could not have been prouder.
"We bred him ourselves and named him Pretty Boy Floyd because his is a bit showy,” Mr Muller said. "He's on a full grain ration and occasionally feeds off his mother.”
Throughout 2019 Pretty Boy Floyd won multiple vealer championships including at Stanthorpe, Allora, Pittsworth, Killarney and now Warwick.
Floyd also performed well in the led steers competitions.
Mr Muller said they would continue to show Floyd locally before heading to the Ekka.