Berwick ranks highly in show memories from my childhood. As a teenager I spent many weekend at shows around Victoria, but particularly in the Gippsland region. It was at Berwick many years ago that I entered my first cattle handlers competition. As a student at Tintern, we were exhibiting a couple of Murray Grey heifers, but the number of students heavily outweighed our cattle. It was a Red Poll feature show and a school friend and I asked a friendly breeder if we would be able to borrow an animal for the handlers competition. That was really the start of great friendship and my journey into the stud cattle world.

Jumping seventeen years forward and this year I was very pleased to be able to assist with the cattle rings. Thank you to Peter Wenn, Superintendent, and your beef cattle team for again hosting a brilliant day for exhibitors and public at Berwick.

It was a delightful morning in the shade of the gum trees at Akoonah Park stewarding the European Cattle ring. 125 cattle were exhibited this year.

Ian Chappel judging the European Beef Cattle ring, with Andy Fyfe on the microphone.


Thank you to Debbie Akister, President for the invitation to attend the Presidents Lunch. This was a great opportunity to learn more about Berwick show and the new food precinct that was added this year.

If you have not been to Berwick Show before or recently, I highly recommend putting it in your diary for the third weekend in February next year. Hope to see you there.

Thanks Noelene King for your assistance.

Congratulations to all the entrants in the Cattle Handlers competition, held on a very pleasant Friday evening. Berwick Beef Handlers Judge Erin Grylls.

The dog high jump provided some great entertainment during the luncheon.

Always entertaining, the dog high jump. Photo by @berwickshow