Handler Amanda Webber with Grand Champion Bazadais Bull Balrosa Durack owned by Wayne Coulson and Rosemary Balzer.
Handler Amanda Webber with Grand Champion Bazadais Bull Balrosa Durack owned by Wayne Coulson and Rosemary Balzer. Renee Pilcher

Beef takes on a French influence

THE Gympie Show’s stud beef section had a decided French influence yesterday with bazadais the feature breed on display.

Around 52 head of the French-derived breed went up before Gunnedah judge Graham Finlay who was impressed with the calibre of stock presented.

The Riverside Christian College show team came from Maryborough with their bazadais cattle. College agricultural teacher Tina Leishman said they started using the European breed last year.

“We wanted something unique,” Ms Leishman said. “And bazadais are known for their quiet temperaments which is what you need if they are around children.”

As well as cattle work, students also learn about crop work and flora culture. “The idea is to give them some practical skills they can use if they decide to go into the agricultural industry,” she said.

For bazadais breeders Rosemary Balzeer and Wayne Coulsen from Balrosa Stud at Kingaroy, the competition was a very successful trip for their team.

Their bull Balrosa Durack was not only sashed Grand Champion Bazadais Bull but also took out Supreme Bazadais Exhibit of the show.

Judge Graham Finlay said Durack was “a real beef machine”.

“He’s got a tone of muscle and he is a big, long, deep bull with an enormous amount of muscle and a beautiful skin,” he said.

Ms Balzeer said an increasing number of people were taking a second look at the breed.

“People are starting to understand the benefits of the European cattle. Bazadais are a high yielding animal and the meat is beautiful,” she said.