A return of live cattle judging and junior judging competitions was welcomed last month at the Maitland Showground.
Although the 'actual' show was postponed due to COVID restrictions the cattle ring remained operational - a pleasing result for schools and local stud cattle breeders.
There was over 100 students in attendance at the Allan Ball Cattle Clinic which has now been held for 19 years thanks to the hard work of his son and daughter-in-law Greg and Leonie Ball and their committee. Mrs Ball said stud beef exhibits were stable in numbers, as per last year.
"The weather certainly played an influence on numbers, but no one is complaining as it is the best feeling to see green grass and water. It is such a contrast from the previous year's of drought," she said.
Junior champion judge was Josephine Green winner of the 12-15 years section.
St Catherine's Catholic College, Singleton won the teams competition with sisters Matilda-Jane and Amelia Sternbeck and Georgia Urquhart.
St Catherine's also exhibited the champion and reserve champion trade steers with two Limousin entries bred by Liz and Tony Sutcliffe, Toebelle Limousin stud Maitland. These steers are destined for the Sydney Royal show steer competition.
In the stud cattle ring Bureen Cattle Company paraded the supreme exhibit.
The senior champion Charolais female Tractor Nellie took out top honours. Nellie is no stranger to show ring success having taken out the supreme title as 1a 4-months-old heifer at Singleton Show in 2018.
Bureen Cattle Company was established in 2020 with a joint venture between Tractor and Yendarra Charolais studs.
The stud also exhibited Junior champion interbreed bull winner of the - Jack Galvin Memorial Trophy with Tractor Rheager and the interbreed group of three.
Junior interbreed champion heifer was Premier Bara Q62 exhibited by the Duncan family, Boambee Angus, East Seaham.
Boambee stud also exhibited the pair of females.
Senior champion interbreed bull and winner of the Alf Smith Memorial Trophy was the Speckle Park entry Rosehill Secrets, shown by Rosehill Speckle Park stud, Rylstone.
Speckle Park entries took out the award for the interbreed pair of bulls with entries from Mowbray Park Speckle Parks. Chloe Bailey won the 17 years and over paraders class.