Mundubbera brahmans clean up at Ekka
THE Whitaker family had a week of wins when they took five of their finest cattle to the Ekka and placed five times.
Their biggest win of the weekend was when their red brahman heifer Whitaker Miss Maddie took out the Junior Champion Brahman female, but Clint Whitaker remained humble.
"It's always the judge's opinion on the day and there's plenty of good cattle there,” he said.
"It takes a fair bit to get them to any show but the Ekka is a big one so you aim to peak them for that event and this heifer was certainly at her peak yesterday.”
But Ekka judge Mrs Wendy Cole wasn't the first to name Whitaker Miss Maddie a prize heifer.
"I suppose we have the consistency there under a few different judges, she's been up there, and yesterday she was recognised for the quality heifer she is, if I may say so myself.”
Mr Whitaker said a lot of time and effort is dedicated to preparing cattle for showing.
"It goes right back to the selection of the breeding stock but I don't mean to say what you cross, and what you think might be good, will work,” he said.
"They don't all come out as show champion winners.”
The Whitaker family most enjoy the social aspect of the Ekka.
"It's meeting up with those people who you only see periodically throughout the year and you have a bit more time to spend with them,” Mr Whitaker said.
"And there's those good friends you only see once a year at the Ekka but they are still in your good friend category.”
For around 10 years Mr Whitaker has been taking Brahmans to the Ekka and it's always a family affair with his wife Roby Whitaker, and children Sam and Brianna, putting in the hard yards for a win.
Mrs Whitaker's maiden family have around 50 years of experience showing dairy cattle at the Ekka.
"So I guess we're only new kids on the block at the Ekka if we've only been taking our Brahman for 10 or 15 years,” Mr Whitaker said.
While Mr and Mrs Whitaker both have backgrounds in farming, their current operations have been established by themselves.
The Whitakers are based at Mundubbera and also have property at Eidsvold.
"We breed stud cattle, and bulls for sale in the Brahman, Charbray and Charolais breeds,” he said.
"We concentrate on trying to breed as good quality cattle as we can.”
Whitaker Mr. Armani, first place, senior bull class.
Whitaker Miss Abbey, second place, senior female class.
Whitaker Miss Amelia, second place, junior class.
Whitaker Brahmans, first place, Pair of Females (Red Brahman heifers Maddie and Abbey).