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Where have all the cowboys gone?

To Beef Week of course! Rockhampton is well known as the Beef Capital of Australia and its population has swelled and doubled during the week of Beef Australian 2012 in May. A few of the MasterChef peeps including myself were invited by Coles to run a few cooking demonstrations at the event. Rockhampton? Beef? Cowboys? It was an opportunity I simply couldn’t pass up.

I’ll keep this a photo post and let the cowboys do the talking…

 

That’s bullock!

Then there was this ginormous Brahman bullock named Kangarin-Tiny had become one of the highlights at the Beef Week. The cow with the size of a four wheel drive, was donated by Nick Dudarko for the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue organisation to run a weight-guessing competition at Beef Week to raise fund for the orgnisation. He said he donated the bullock after the not-for-profit rescue organisation saved his life when he was severely burnt from fire.

But the sad thing is, the bullock is also for sale and since it is way too massive, the meat will be too tough to be any good, hence the only solution is to turn the whole cow into mince meat. Yikes!

 

So, can you guess how much does Kangarin-Tiny weigh?

 

It was great to catch up with fellow MasterChef contestant, Peter Vickery, Michael Weldon and Dani Venn at the event. Each of us took turn to do numerous cooking demonstrations over 5 days for Coles and attracted quite a few crowds, especially the school kids. Peter was a brave man to work the crowd among the screaming kids!

So, has any one guess the weight of the mighty bullock Kangarin-Tiny?

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Behold, the bullock was weighted at a whopping 1280kg! And the best news is Australian Country Choice (ACC), which supplies beef to Coles, paid $1400 for Kangarin-Tiny, and Coles topped that up with a further $600 for the rescue organisation. ACC then donated the bullock to Monto State High School for 12 months to allow agricultural students learn how to handle such a large beast. Kangarin-Tiny will then head back to Nick Dudarko’s pastures and retire.

We had an absolute blast at the beef week in Rockhampton. Looking forward to be back in 2015!