Team Betts thrive in grey areas

February 28, 2019

By Kimberley Price
Courtesy Capaspe News

SAMANTHA and Ella Betts, Floodway Pass Murray Greys, Milloo, have found success at the recent Bendigo and Echuca-Moama shows.

Floodway Pass Murray Greys is a joint venture between Samantha and her three-year-old daughter Ella, who simply loves looking after and showing the cattle.

The duo have a small Murray Grey stud in Milloo and have been working tirelessly to get their cattle to their high, award-winning standard.

‘‘Preparation starts a couple of months out with the feeding washing and hair training,’’ Samantha said.

‘‘Hair training is a necessity because when the hair sits naturally in the correct position it looks much more appealing to judges.’’

Samantha entered her female Jitter Bug into its individual breed category to rack up another win — and qualification for Jitter Bug to dance her way into the prestigious interbreed final which saw her waltz away with the title of Grand Champion Beef Breed Female and the biggest success in the little stud’s history.

‘‘This is our first interbreed win and the best win we’ve ever had,’’ Samantha said. ‘‘We won the reserve champion last year in Bendigo.

‘‘We’re looking forward to more competitions in the future.’’

On the November 10 weekend Samantha entered Nullah Bug in the Echuca Show and came away with yet more broad ribbons claiming the titles of Reserve Champion Murray Grey Female and Supreme Murray Grey exhibit.

Ella also competed at Echuca and led their calf called Peggy from their supreme exhibit to a very respectable second place. Having owned Floodway Pass Murray Greys for four years, Samantha has high hopes for her and her three year old’s cattle with sights set on shows in Kyneton and Rochester next year.

Jitter Bug, owned by Samantha and Ella Betts, with calf at foot Floodway Pass Peggy Bug. Samantha is leading Jitter Bug and Helen Henderson is with the calf.