Cattle show udderly packed

CATTLE SHOW: Scott Carter, pictured with Murray, was delighted with the support of the Australian Highland Cattle Society Show from the Mount Gambier community.

THERE was a great at-moo-sphere at the Mount Gambier Showgrounds recently, with big crowds checking out the Australian Highland Cattle Society Show.

It is the first time the show has been hosted in Mount Gambier, and show convener Scott Carter said the society was pleased with the response from locals.

“The weekend turned out fantastic – we had over 900 people come through the gate and the gate proceeds went back to Compton CFS cadets and they made over $1800 for the day,” he said.

“That will keep them going for a little while, which will be great.

“We were very grateful for the community coming to support the show, and coming to support our stall holders, our food vendors and us as a breed society.

“It was absolutely fantastic.”

Mount Gambier woman Nicole Muller came first in the Junior Judge 16 years and under 25 years category and was also named Champion Junior Judge.

Bell Studio of Highland Dance and Ardlair School of Dancing teamed up to put on a wonderful display of highland dancing for the crowd, in conjunction with the Blue Lake Highland Pipe Band.

A total of 75 animals were entered, with two scratched on the weekend, and Mr Carter said it was a tough competition.

“While the numbers were down on other years, the quality was quite high, and that reflected in the judging as well,” he said.

“Our judge Fiona Sanderson pointed out that her job with each and every class was quite difficult due to the quality and the consistency of the stock.”