COVID-19 has completely changed the way we not only socialise but how we sell livestock and now judge livestock

TOP CLASS: The reserve heavyweight champion open class steer at the 2021 Colin Say & Co Beef Extravaganza was exhibited by St Joseph's Aberdeen. Photo supplied.
TOP CLASS: The reserve heavyweight champion open class steer at the 2021 Colin Say & Co Beef Extravaganza was exhibited by St Joseph's Aberdeen. Photo supplied.

In a brave new world of led steer and heifer judging this year's Colin Say & Co Beef Extravaganza held at Glen Innes was live streamed.

COVID-19 has completely changed the way we not only socialise but how we sell livestock and now judge livestock.

With lockdowns still impacting many regions and interstate travel for exhibitors impossible how else do you hold these events. Technology came to the rescue and like the virtual meetings the judging went on screen,

This year's entries were delivered to the Glen Innes saleyards and from there they were weighed and put into classes before being judged live by Matt Spry, a Woolworth livestock buyer.

The judging was live streamed which according to exhibitor Lisa Bright, agriculture teacher, St Joseph's Aberdeen was very exciting.

"If we can't be at the saleyards or the showground then this was certainly the next best thing," she said.

"And credit to the organisers because the quality of the live stream was great and you felt like you were really part of the event.

'I really enjoyed the event as its been two years since I have been to a proper steer competition - that would have been Beef Bonanza 2019."

The competition attracted 152 entries with some coming from leading steer and carcase exhibitors from Queensland. A number of the entries were led steers that were being prepared for the Queensland "Ekka" Royal show in August that was cancelled due to COVID-19.

St Joseph's enjoyed a great competition having an entry in every championship class.

The high school took 10 entries to Glen Innes and like other exhibitors a number of those had been prepared for the Ekka.

An Angus x Limousin heifer won the junior championship ribbon in the school's class.

Also the in the school's section a Limousiin cross steer won its class and then the junior championship. In the open class 4 a Limousin x Charolais/Hereford entry was the lightweight champion and their entry in class 8 a Limousin cross steer was awarded the reserve heavyweight champion ribbon.