Ipswich bull breeder Gareth Laycock at the 2016 Ekka. He hopes this bull will fetch more than $6000 at the Rockhampton beef cattle sale on August 29.
Ipswich bull breeder Gareth Laycock at the 2016 Ekka. He hopes this bull will fetch more than $6000 at the Rockhampton beef cattle sale on August 29. Sherele Moody

Bovines are worth big bucks

IPSWICH bull breeder Gareth Laycock reckons his massive bovines will set the Rockhampton cattle sales alight this month after vying for glory at the Ekka.

The third-generation grazier, his partner and grandparents took their six best simmentals into the show-ring at the 10-day iconic event in Brisbane.

A big Ekka win will increase the bovines' value, meaning they could fetch more than $6000 a head when they go under the hammer in Queensland's beef cattle on August 29.

"We'd like to win but a lot of people that buy our bulls actually come here to look at them," Mr Laycock, who grew up coming to the Ekka, said.

"So it's about marketing as well."

Judge Tom Baker selecting the winning stud bull.
Judge Tom Baker selecting the winning stud bull. Andrea Davy

At 21 years old, Mr Laycock is an expert on producing the gigantic, perfectly formed and well-muscled placid beasts that will ensure his family's good fortune for generations to come.

"These guys weigh about 800kg to 1000kg," Mr Laycock said.

"They're soft, easy-going bulls.

"They go out in commercial herds to breed beef steers.

"It takes a lot of time to get them right, you have to really work on their genetics.

"Our stud's been going for 30 years and over that time we've really built up their quality.

"We look for good masculine bulls that walk really well and have good temperaments." - ARM NEWSDESK



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