Magic Mike the Tassie bull goes head-to-head with best
Posted on : 08 April 2017
Thirteen-month-old Mike weighs in at 662kg and comes from Darryl Heazlewood’s Platinum Angus Stud at Mount Direction, 20 minutes-drive from Launceston. His journey included sharing a truck and ferry ride with thoroughbred horses from Tasmania to Melbourne before heading to Goulbourn for a few days rest and again hitting the road for Sydney where is arrived last Sunday.
Mr Heazlewood, who is a first time exhibitor at the Show, said it was Magic Mike’s high quality and the opportunity to compete on the national stage that led him to make the interstate trip.
“He is one of the best bulls I’ve ever bred and we wanted to take him to one of premiere shows in Australia to see how he compared to the best in the breed,” Mr Heazlewood said.
“For us, success at the Show would provide huge national recognition for our cattle stud so it’s lucky he’s a very good traveller.”
However, as loved as Mike is, particularly by Mr Heazlewood’s children Tom and Olivia, he was bred to be sold and will hopefully not be making the pilgrimage back to Tasmania. Instead, he will head to a new home after being auctioned this Sunday, along with other first-class bulls from across the country, at the Sydney Royal Angus sale.
“Tom and Olivia taught him how to lead and to them he is really more like a big dog than a bull,” Mr Heazlewood said.
“But we have a few others at home who are showing quite a bit of promise to replace him.”
Magic Mike is one of more than 1700 head of cattle, and more than 15,000 animals which will be exhibited over the course of the next 14 days of the Show to help bring a taste of real agriculture to the city.
Other highlights will include dairy cattle, horses, poultry, the animal nursery, district produce exhibits, and one of this year’s best and newest attractions ‘Little Hands on the Land’.
RAS General Manager Royal Easter Show and Agriculture, Murray Wilton said ‘Little Hands on the Land’ was designed to give children a realistic on-farm experience to help them understand the connection between agriculture and the food they see on the dinner table.
“Little Hands on the Land is kid-sized working farm that takes children on a journey through nine stations including a chook shed, fruit orchard, sheep shed, vegie patch, cow shed, pony barrel race and an outback tractor pull before they head to the farmers’ market where produce collected along the way is exchanged for farm dollars to spend in the supermarket,” Mr Wilton said.
“This free activity is part of our commitment to showcasing agriculture and educating children about where food comes from and we look forward to seeing thousands showgoers enjoy the experience.”
Tickets to the Sydney Royal Easter Show, including same-day public transport, can be purchased at www.eastershow.com.au, at Woolworths or the Show ticket box.
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