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Graziers gather to celebrate their best in Clermont

Champion stock, inspirational chats about resilience and the celebration of agricultural’s best in Isaac was the true flavour at the Clermont Saleyards.

Hundreds of people gathered at the Hoch and Wilkinson 5th annual Clermont Beef Expo and Trade Display to see the finest cattle on show.

An impressive yarding of 1010 head of prime and store cattle were presented given the dry season.

The Finger Family from Hillview Station took home the Grand Champion Exhibition and the Champion Pen of Prime for the second year in a row.

Their Simmental Cross 100 day grain fed bullocks – which caught the eye of judges – weighed 701kgs to make 292c/kg to return $2048.

Isaac Regional Council Mayor, who attended the event, praised organisers and all winners of the exhibitions on a job well done.

“Council was proud to support the Clermont Beef Expo and Trade Display,” Mayor Baker said.

“Agriculture plays a vital part in Isaac’s economy and I was thrilled to be at the expo and celebrate this industry’s achievements.

“Graziers in Isaac contribute an amazing $438.5 million from cattle.

“The finest of cattle were on show and trade displays this year were also a great highlight.

"I would like to congratulate the event organisers and all the award winners including the Finger family from Hillview who won the Champion Pen of Prime Cattle."

Mayor Baker said during the Expo, two inspirational speakers opened up discussion about mental health on the land.

“Inspirational speakers Hugh van Cuylenburg from The Resilience Project and Rob Cook opened up discussions about mental health and the role it plays with families on the land,” she said  

Hoch and Wilkinson 5th annual Clermont Beef Expo and Trade Display winners were:

  • The Sally Taylor memorial trophy for the champion beast of the Expo went to Reklaw Cattle Co with a Droughtmaster Cross Steer that weighed 547kgs which made 281c/kg to make $1538.
  • The Crop/Grain Assisted Jap Bullock class was won by the Murphy Family “Tay Glen” Dysart with a pen of Charbray/Droughtmaster Cross Bullocks which weighed 669kgs and reached 278c/kg to return $1860.
  • The Grass fed Jap Bullock class was won by Frankfield Pastoral Co “Frankfield” Clermont with a Pen of Simmental Cross bullocks which made 267c/kg to weigh 640kgs to return $1710.
  • Jeff and Sarah Cook “Etonvale” Clermont won the 100 day Trade Grain fed steer class with a pen of Santa Steers that weighed 608kgs to make 292c/kg to return $1776.
  • The Burnett Family “Bendemeer” Clermont won the Crop/Grain Assisted trade steer Class with a pen of Braford steers that made 270c/kg for 571kgs to make $1541.
  • The Grass fed trade steer class was won by Darren and Alice Marks “Winvic” Clermont with a pen of Braford Steers that weighed 538kgs to make 268c/kg to come back at $1443.
  • Gordon and Sue Rickertt “Curra” Clermont won the Trade Crop/Grain Assisted heifer Class with a pen of Brahman heifers that weighed 418kgs and made 268c/kg to return $1122.
  • The Grass fed trade heifer class was won by the Fordyce Family “Mabbin” with a pen of Brangus heifers that weighed 511kgs to make 260c/kg to come back at $1329.
  • Michael Borg “Calveston” Clermont won the Export Cow class with a pen of Brahman cows that made 228c/kg for 545kgs to return $1242.
  • In the Store Section Alan and Carly Guilfoyle “Table Downs” Clermont won the feeder steer class with a pen of Charbray steers that weighed 427kgs to make 284c/kg to come back at $1212.
  • The store steers was won by the Hoch Family “The Springs” Aramac with a pen of Charolais Cross steers that weighed 316kgs and made 316c/kg to return $1000.
  • Troy and Ann Kinnon “New Corry” Clermont won the Weaner steer class with a pen of Simmental Cross steers they also took out the Champion Pen of Store cattle as well, the steers made 342c/kg for 287kgs to make $983.
  • The feeder heifer Class was won by the Benney Family “Merrigang” Clermont with a pen of Charolais Cross heifers that weighed 363kgs and made 272c/kg to return $988.
  • Scott and Alana Moller “Star of Hope” Clermont won the store heifer class with a pen of Droughtmaster Cross heifers that weighed 340kgs and made 278c/kg to return $946.

Council is a proud sponsor of this event through the Isaac Community Grants program, for more details visit

The next sale at the Clermont Saleyards will take place on Wednesday, November 15. 

For a full list of sale dates visit or call Council’s 24/7 Customer Service Centre on 1300 472 227. 


Image 1 (1.85 MB): Champion Pen of Prime Cattle award winners, the Finger family from Hillview. Pictured: Jake Passfield from Hoch and Wilkinson, Scott and Natalie Finger, Councillor Lyn Jones, and Cathy and Frank Finger. 

Image 2 (1.56 MB): Mayor Baker enjoyed another successful Clermont Beef Expo and Trade Display.

Image 3 (1.90 MB): Guest speaker Rob Cook spoke on the important role mental health plays in building resilience.

For more information please contact:
Isaac Regional Council PR & Media Officer                          0437 900 050

3 November 2017

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