Brooker family's Main Camp Angus steers take broad ribbons at Sydney Royal

Judge Ben Davies from Thomas Foods International and Lyn Richards at the halter. Photo supplied
Judge Ben Davies from Thomas Foods International and Lyn Richards at the halter. Photo supplied

IN Friday's judging of the open led steer classes at the Sydney Royal, the Brooker family's Main Camp Angus entry 1208 won his class 530-560kg and went onto to win the reserve champion heavyweight steer ribbon.

The family also exhibited last year's reserve champion heavyweight led steer and, once again, the entry was prepared by Lyn and Paul Richards of McCullys Gap near Muswellbrook.

This year's exhibit weighed 544kg and had fat measurements of 11mm rump and 10mm rib.

Main Camp steers were placed second in the middleweight classes and came fourth in a schools class for Scone High.

Other successes included a first prize for the Relf family, Wingham with a Limousin entry and a third for Justin Richards, Pentire Angus.

A special event and a special moment for dyed in the wool Angus breeders also occurred when two Main Camp steers won grand champion and reserve champion ribbons at the Sydney Royal.

Grand champion ribbon went to the middleweight winner entry 71 with the heavyweight winner entry 196 runner-up.

Angus are the feature breed this year to mark the Centenary Celebrations of Angus Australia and there was also an Angus steer show with three divisions light, medium and heavy weight classes.

Main Camp Angus steers from Rouchel win grand champion and reserve champion at the Angus steer show at the Sydney Royal. Photo supplied.

Main Camp Angus steers from Rouchel win grand champion and reserve champion at the Angus steer show at the Sydney Royal. Photo supplied.

The Brooker family 'Main Camp' Rouchel, near Aberdeen, have been staunch Angus breeders and long-time supporters of the steers classes in Sydney having enjoyed great success with their homebred entries.

This year's steers were prepared by Mr and Mrs Richards - and the win comes despite both family's properties enduring one of the toughest droughts on record in the Upper Hunter.

Late last month with 80-100mm being recorded in the district providing the first real break since March 2017.

Main Camp Angus was founded by the late Brian Brooker and he would be very happy to see his steers produce the goods once again in Sydney.

The winning steers were also selected to be members of the Stan Hill team.

Other Main Camp bred entries scored a second, third and fourth ribbon in the competition - highlighting the strength of carcase breeding in their bloodlines.

The lightweight champion steer was Andre exhibited by Justin Richards, Singleton, and bred by North Bullagreen.

This steer was the third member of the Stan Hill team and sired by a Pentire bull.