Frankie B at Beef Week 2015 – Guess The Weight

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For you chance to win $2,000 of fuel donated by Caltex guess Frankie B’s weight at Beef Australia this week. A little about Frankie B:

Breed
Santa Gertrudis and Brahman cross bullock, bred by the late Frank Comiskey.

Home ground
The bullock was bred on ‘Wandsworth” – a property of 180,000 acres and over 100km in length. ‘Wandsworth’ is located on the Outer Barcoo at Yaraka, between Windorah and Blackall, Western Queensland. This area is just a stone’s throw from Michael Magee’s shanty in the infamous ‘A Bush Christening’ by A.B. Paterson.

As weaners the cattle were sent to ‘Inga Downs’ at Dingo. It was on this property that the steers were castrated but not dehorned due to the continuing dry conditions and their light condition. ‘Inga Downs’ is a developed Briglow property between Rockhampton and Emerald consisting of paddocks that are blade ploughed and seeded with Buffel Grass and Leucaena.

The Story Behind The Horns
During a particularly bad drought the cows and their calves had to be walked for three days from to the headwaters of Powell creek on the Grey Range where there was low mulga, a tree that cattle can graze. The calves were only branded and ear marked as the drought conditions were so bad the holding paddocks were bare so the calves needed to walk out to the back paddock.

Murray Grey
Murray Grey- the breed was developed in the Murray River Valley in Southern New South Whales. He was bought at the Tenterfield saleyards, selected to be entered and exhibited in the Brisbane Ekka led steer competition. His name is ‘Hairy McLairy’. He is a stable mate for ‘Frankie B’.

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