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112th Circular Head Show, 26 November 2022

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Circular Head Agricultural Society Inc

After a two year recess, the 112th Circular Head Show is back! The Show retains all the traditional features you expect of an agricultural show including equestrian events; wood chopping; home industries, dairy and beef cattle competition and the very popular animal nursery; culminating with the Grand Parade at 3pm.

Stanley Recreation Ground
Saturday 26th November 2022
Adults: $12, Children 5 -14 years: $5 and under 5’s Free.
Membership/Family Ticket:
$30 available only by contacting the Secretary prior to the Show
Mr Tony Hine
Vice president:
Mr Milton de Jonge
Mrs Sue Smedley
Contact details:
Secretary, Sue Smedley Ph. 0428 581285

A major feature of the cattle competition is the State Final of the Young Beef and Dairy Cattle Parader as well as the State Dairy Young Judge. Winners from both areas will represent Tasmania at the National Judging in 2023.

Greenham’s Trade and Export Cattle competition – after two years of Carcase competition only it will be great to have both On the Hoof and On the Hook competitions culminating with
presentations on 3rd January 2023.

The Animal Nursery organised by the Radford family is always popular with the children and has an array of different animals. For the first time in many years there will be a poultry display organised by the Burnie Poultry Society.

The feature event of the day is Perry’s Quality Meats Graze the Region where local butcher, Josh Perry, will showcase several local and Tasmanian products and will also involve some producers during his segments.
(Contact: Josh Perry 0427 521415)

Following the Opening at 12 Noon, the Saputo Country Show Girl and Show Boy Competition will be held. No entry is required; need to be dressed appropriately for the day and strictly no costumes.

Show Baby Girl Under 24 Months
Show Baby Boy Under 24 Months
Miss Tiny Tot 2 to 4 Years
Master Tiny Tot 2 to 4 Years
Junior Show Girl 5 to 10 Years
Junior Show Boy 5 to 10 Years
Junior Country Young Person 11 to 15 Years
(Male and Female)
Country Young Person 16 to 21 Years
(Male and Female)
Show Mother and Children
(Can be Mother and Children or Grandmother and Children)

There will be all the usual popular chopping events including a two shoe tree felling class.

Troppo Bob. The Ultranormalist, will delight with a one man, comedy magic act during the day, sponsored by Woolnorth Renewables.

Ritchie and the Edith Creek Bullock Team sponsored by Van Dairy Ltd – amazing to watch Ritchie work his bullock team while listening to his wealth of knowledge and experience.

You will fall in love with Bonnie and Nuggett, “Almost Heavenly Clydesdales”, and you may even be lucky enough to have a ride in their wagonette.

You will be able to watch a working blacksmith and there will be shearing demonstrations throughout the day.

Providing live music will be the Burnie Highland Pipe Band who will play prior to the Opening at 12 noon and will also lead the Community Bank Smithton & Districts Grand Parade at 3pm.

Music from the bygone era will be played by a Fairground mechanical organ which was built in England and worked around the Midlands of the UK before coming to Tasmania in 2017. There will also be a more modern smaller Fairground Organ built in England in 2000.

Westbury Steam World will be providing a scale model traction steam engine which is exciting.

Scott of North West Snake Catchers will have a display of different reptiles and will hold informative sessions.

There will be a display of model trucks for the younger children and those “young at heart”.

Exciting news – it is still to be finalised but, in conjunction with the Circular Head Rural Youth, plans are underway to hold a Dog High Jump and if held would be a first for the Circular Head Show.


Patrons can visit the ‘North West Bird Club’, the ‘Veteran Car Club’ and the ‘Historical Machinery Club’ who have been supporting the Circular Head Show for many years.

The day culminates in the Grand Parade at 3pm which will be led by the Burnie Highland Pipe Band and Ritchie’s working bullocks followed by the prize winners from the various areas.

The entrance on Marine Esplanade will be manned from approx. noon until 7pm on Friday 25th November. Come along Friday evening and watch the judging of the Cattle Paraders and Judges classes, commencing at 5.30pm. Wristbands will be used so as to allow entry the next day if necessary.

Trade and Export Cattle Competition

The Circular Head Agricultural Society will be holding the Trade and Export Cattle Competition as part of the Circular Head Show at Stanley on Saturday 26th November. After a Covid-enforced break we are keen to be back to our normal hoof-and-hook format.

This year the competition will again match the Beef Australia format, with entries received in pens of three cattle in two classes. Many exhibitors who have entered the Beef Australia National Carcase Competition will be familiar with the group entry format, which better reflects the quality of their herd and their ability to select consistently to the required specifications.

The hoof judge for 2022 will be Sean Kallady, Livestock Manager from Greenham Gippsland.

The Proway handling facility, which has been had a 2-year break, offers improved safety for volunteers, and will allow entries to remain in their groups in single pens for both display and judging, removing the need to mix entries and draft out individual cattle.

The Show Committee has also replaced the Beef Shed with a new multi-use facility, to make better use of the storage possibilities between shows.

Hoof judging usually attracts a crowd, and offers the opportunity for onlookers to match their skills with the judge, and win a box of chocolates.

Bonus carcase points can also be awarded for the consistency of weight, fat distribution, lean meat yield and eating quality score of the three cattle in each entry.

Entry forms are available at

The hoof section will be run at the Circular Head Show on Saturday 26thof November 2022, after which the entries will be transported to Greenham Tasmania. As occurred last year, entries will then be grazed and fed ad lib silage for 30 days to comply with MSA rules, and processed on Monday 2 January 2023. The carcase assessment will be held the following morning and the presentation of prizes and BBQ will be held at 3pm on Tuesday 3rd January 2023.

Judge’s Profile – Sean Kallady

Lives… Bayles (Gippsland) Victoria.
Years in Industry… 40 Years.

First started showing cattle at age of 7yrs working in the cattle industry. Started on a dairy farm then moved to beef when 16 yrs. Then travelled to the USA to attend judging college and also worked on feed lots and large cow calf operations along with showing and preparing cattle throughout most states of the USA, over the next 10 years.

Upon returning to Australia I managed an Angus operation, and then started up my own Paddock to Plate business, which was selling direct to door in Melbourne.

I was then involved with the Genetic Area of cattle for 10 years throughout Australia years before becoming the Buyer/Manager for Greenhams throughout Gippsland for the last 5 years.

Judging appointments…

Started in youth shows throughout Australia
Judged in the USA at county shows
Judged Melbourne royal show three times
Judged Perth Royal 2016
Judged Sydney Royal 2019
Judged Brisbane Royal 2015
Judged Auckland Royal Show New Zealand 2017
Judged Launceston 2015
Numerous country shows and junior breed shows
Started in youth shows throughout Australia.

What does it mean to judge at shows?

It is always an honor to be ask to judge at any show, but to be ask by breeders to appraise their cattle is a definite privilege.

I always enjoy talking to breeders throughout the country and see what they are doing with their breeding programs but also the markets that they see will be the bench mark for their operations.

I also believe one of the most important things is spending time with the new generation of Primary Industry young people, to teach yes, but to also listen.

Thank You
Sean Kallady


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