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Champion Export Led Steer won by Lewis Bruggemann

Champion export led steer, led by Mark Lamborn, exhibited by Lewis Bruggemann from Mallala, South Australia. Picture: Andy Rogers

Champion export led steer, led by Mark Lamborn, exhibited by Lewis Bruggemann from Mallala, South Australia. Picture: Andy Rogers

By Jamie-Lee Oldfield, Weekly Times

BRINGING the onlookers into the ring with him at the Royal Melbourne Show steer competition was judge Neil Goetsch.

The beef industry stalwart judged the 150 steers and heifers on the hoof, walking the audience through each assessment and decision via microphone.

“You might not agree with me, but at least can see what I am looking at and what I am thinking about,” he told the crowd yesterday afternoon.

Mr Goestch, from Kalbar, Queensland, breeds led steers and runs Goestch and Sons Auctioneers and Realty.

Export and grand champion on the hoof was selected from the last heat of the led export class, 300kg plus.

The 680kg Black Simmental was exhibited by Lewis Bruggemann from South Australia, and bred by Glental Partnerships, the May 2016 drop steer was by a Woonallee Simmental stud at Furner, SA, sire.

“If you get behind him you could stand on his back and roll over, do a backflip and land on it no worries at all,” Judge Goetsch said.

“I believe he will hang up the safest and have the most red meat in him.”

Video of the judging here