Beef cattle have been a part of the show for many years but with a change in farming practices in the district the emphasis with the beef has gone more towards the ‘Lifestyle’ breeds of Highlands, Dexters, White Galloways and Lowlines. Originally a beef Hoof and Hook section was held at the Saleyards as part of the show, where prime steers were judged on the Hoof and later on the ‘Hooks’ at the abattoir. Classes for separate Beef breeds were held and in the 1980’s there were classes for Herefords, Murray Greys and ‘Any other Beef breed’ Today breeds are amalgamated for Pure Bred Registered Beef Breeds of All breeds, with the Supreme Champion Registered Beef animal being awarded the Wellington Harbour Board Trophy. In addition a Lifestyle breeds section for the smaller and popular Lifestyle breeds of cattle, including those being graded up, the Supreme winner being awarded the Liz Jones Memorial cup. There are also Group and pair classes, a crossbred steer competition for calves and yearlings and a junior handler competition, all open to competitors from both Beef sections..