Falkenhagen family take out grand championships at Beef
IT WAS a family affair for the Falkenhagens at Beef Australia yesterday when they took out two championship rounds.
Tanya Falkenhagen from Boonah, in south east Queensland won first prize in the Australian Lowline Grand Champion female round after her 17-month--old heifer, Jewel, won over the judge. Tanya, 42, said the win was a great start to a busy week ahead.
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"I didn't really expect to win but I'm on cloud nine and very happy with the result," she said.
"A hell of a lot of hard work goes into showing cattle and it's nice to be rewarded every now and then. I think Jewel stood out because she's a good quality female and the judges were looking for femininity, structure, potential and confirmation and Jewel definitely ticks those boxes.
"It took us 12 hours to get here by truck from Boonah with about 22 cattle so it's good to come all this way and compete. We've been coming to Beef Australia since 2000 so it's an event we look forward to every three years and our kids have started to look forward to."
The talent for cattle showing must run in the family with Tanya's daughter Sarah also claiming first prize in the Australian Lowline Grand Champion bull competition yesterday.
Sarah, 10, has been showing cattle ever since she could walk and was the reason her parents became interested in lowlines.
"I wanted to play with our stud limousins but they were too big for me so we got lowlines," she said.
"I've won a lot of competitions with lowlines and I won the championship because my bull Jaguar was better than the others. He was more solid. It was good to win my round and I hope to win more."
Tanya also won Australian Lowline Calf Champion Male and Female and Junior Male and Female yesterday.