In the Lightweight Open Steer Class 300 – 339 kilograms at the 2003 Sydney Royal Purebred Steer and Carcase Competition, even the judge failed to identify the Highland steer.4th Place Lightweight Open Steer Class
In a sea of black and grey, he caused a stir by taking 4th place in a class of mainly Angus and Murray Grey steers.
Bred by Arthur and Anne Warde, from Morag 2nd of Amarina by Black Douglas of Toona Vale, he was 12 months of age and well grown on the lush and luscious Robertson slopes (lush even in a drought)
A week before judging, the steer was subjected to the "mother of all clippings". Students from Chevalier College Bowral, looked after him at the showground and paraded him beautifully. His live weight of 316kg put him in the Middle weight range of the class but he had already attracted a lot of interest prior to judging
He was bought by Eastern Road Quality Meats, Turramurra NSW, who also bought among other high scoring steers, the Reserve Champion Lightweight Carcase.
The 2003 Sydney Royal beef cattle class numbers were obviously affected by drought conditions over most of eastern Australia. Classes were smaller; exhibitors who normally would have had a team of 20, showed 7 or 9 head. There were no Highlands exhibited this year in the main classes.
So it was pleasing to see that we Highland breeders were still able to make our presence felt.
Congratulations to Arthur and Anne Warde and their "mystery honey-coloured steer.
2. MURRAY GREY
5. SQUARE MEATER
"AND IN FOURTH PLACE, THE MYSTERY HONEY-COLOURED STEER;
WOULD YOU LEAD HIM OFF PLEASE".