Sarah Celebrates Beef Week Success

You hear stories about succession planning for family farms and that is one thing the Randle family doesn’t have to worry about any time soon.

Sarah Randle, daughter of Matt and Lyndal Randle, took out grand champion parader in the junior section at Upper Hunter Beef Week while her brother, Jack, won highly commended in the junior judging.

The event held at Scone’s White Park, on October 21 to 23, attracted more than 500 entries and the interesting aspect of Sarah’s win is that the 15-year-old did so with her own heifer.

From about the age of two, Sarah wanted to work with the cattle on her family’s Scone property, working in the yards with her father.

She became more interested in showing cattle at the age of 11, as part of Scone Public School’s team but it was at the Casino Beef Week that she really began to understand the fruits of her labour.

Sarah and Jack both took one commercial steer each to Casino and put them on the hook successfully and Sarah also placed first in junior judging.

Sarah won the grand champion parader at Scone after winning the 15 years age group.  She then came up against other aged champions in the 18 years and under section and was named grand champion.

When seeing the other paraders she knew she ‘had a competition’ but thought she would go well.

“Sienna has good breeding, she is really sweet, gentle and calm and I felt confident that I could trust my heifer,” Sarah told The Hunter River Times last week.

She plans to head to the Sydney Royal next year and hopes to fit in some more agricultural shows before then.

She has ambitions of running her own cattle stud one day but says there are so many fields of agriculture that she can study.

“There are all sorts of genetics, so many different avenues to go down,” Sarah said.

Sarah acknowledges the wonderful support and encouragement she has received from others over the years, especially others in the beef cattle industry, mentioning Rob and Amanda Maxwell, adding that there are so many great people in the industry, adults and children, and that it is very family orientated.