Long, fruitful career showing stud cattle

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Quairading cattle breeder Murray Williams, of Yongerellen Red Poll stud, celebrated 40 years of consecutive showing at the IGA Perth Royal Show.
Camera IconQuairading cattle breeder Murray Williams, of Yongerellen Red Poll stud, celebrated 40 years of consecutive showing at the IGA Perth Royal Show. Credit: Bob Garnant

Showing stud cattle at the IGA Perth Royal Show requires much dedication and Yongerellen Red Poll stud principal Murray Williams can attest to that after his 40th consecutive show appearance.

The 70-year-old, who farms at Quairading, said he was so nervous ahead of his first show that he couldn’t sleep.

“With one of my heifers judged champion, I was delighted and encouraged to come back,” he said.

“This year, one of my bulls is the great-great-great-grandson of this female.”

Mr Williams said the highlights of his show career were many with some from interbreed award wins, but taking out the prestigious Governors Cup in 1993 was truly grand.

“Not fussed on fancy prepared cattle, instead I look forward to bringing back highly awarded cattle year-after-year to illustrate sound maturity,” he said.

“I have put in front of the judges an 18-year-old cow, a rare feat, and a 12-year-old bull.”

Mr Williams said the cattle fraternity at the show, which includes all ages, was close knit and always looked after each other, particularly in times of hardship.

“I am proud of my contribution, particularly in mentoring young people,” he said.

“My message is never stop seeking cattle knowledge, particularly understanding the importance of the bovine female characteristics, and through education and sharing, anyone can have a long and fruitful career breeding and showing these delightful creatures.”

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