Victory as big as it gets
FOR those who spend their lives in producing show cattle, their is no bigger event in the year than the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
The best cattle from across the country are shown, and a family team from Dalby has been victorious in one of Australia's most prestigious show cattle competitions.
The Iseppi family, of GK Livestock, Dalby, have taken out the Supreme Beef Exhibit, winning the Urquhart Trophy.
Their five-year-old Red Angus cow won the event last Wednesday, having finished runner-up in the same event two years earlier.
Kirrily Iseppi said the victory last week was emotional.
"We have been runner-up twice in this competition before and because we have been so close to winning it has been very emotional,” Mrs Iseppi said.
"This is something we have been striving for.”
Along with her husband Gavin, the pair had not planned to enter into the Sydney Show until January.
The preparation only started when the pair decided to attend the Pittsworth Show earlier in the year.
"We had retired her but decided to take her out of the paddock for Pittsworth,” Mrs Iseppi said.
"When we won the Supreme title there we decided we might enter her into the Royal Sydney Show, which cost a lot more money being a late entry.”
The win comes as a surprise not only due to the relatively short preparation time, but also after the heavy rain experienced in the wake of Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
The heavy down pour of rain usually causes stress to cattle and a loss of weight, which was a concern for the Iseppi family going into the competition.
"With the rain from Cyclone Debbie caused a lot of stress for everyone so winning on the back of this has been very emotional.
Mrs Iseppi says that the Red Angus will now be retired for the second time back to the paddock.
Having returned home after the biggest win of their farming careers, the Iseppis have turned their focus to this weekend's Dalby Show.
"We will be taking cattle into the Dalby Show because we love to support our community and our local show,” Mrs Iseppi said.