Youngsters have dibs on broad ribbon
IT WAS a relieved Mitchell Muller, who accepted the broad ribbon for champion vealer and junior champion beast at the prime cattle competition at Killarney Show on Friday.
Yet it wasn't the competition, which made this seven-year-old nervous, but the fact he might have to go to school and miss the action.
His dad, Glenn, admits he packed his little son off to Yangan State School, despite his protests and then relented and collected him again.
As a result the pint-size cattleman and his even smaller brother, Cody were on hand to see their entries in the prime cattle classes win a two major broad ribbons at Friday's event.
The pair picked up first and second place in the hotly-contested vealer and yearling class for beasts weighing 271-360kg with a Limousin heifer and a Charolais-cross heifer.
They then went onto to win the champion vealer class, followed by the junior champion beast.
The heifers had been bought in by the boys' dad, Glenn, and grown out on a pasture and grain-assisted regime on their 40ha property at Tannymorel.
"We run just over 20 head and we started them on a bit of grain before Christmas when things were dry," Mr Muller said.
"Since then we've had some really wet weather.
"We measured 60mm at Christmas, another 100mm on Australia Day and it's been raining on and off for the past week.
"So things are green and I think we could actually do with some sun on the grass country.
"But the rain should be good on the forage sorghum we have in the ground."
His elder son Mitchell agrees it has been wet.
"It's very, very muddy at home," he explained. "But our cattle are looking pretty fat now."
The Mullers also plan to enter the prime cattle competition at this year's Warwick Show.