Duncan Newcomen's journey with the Melbourne Royal Show began in 1983 when he first exhibited cattle. Over the course of almost four decades, he has been actively involved in the Show and participated continuously until 2020.
Mr Newcomen has held various roles including judging, serving as a cattle steward, captaining the shed, and currently serving on the Beef Cattle Committee.
Among his treasured memories, Mr Newcomen takes immense pride in winning the supreme beef bull title in 1992 with Woodlands Ju Jitsu, the first charolais bull to achieve such an honour. He also boasts an impressive record of winning 13 grand champion and export champion carcasses at the Show.
Mr Newcomen's involvement extends beyond personal achievements. He has initiated successful school programs that engage young individuals from agricultural colleges, TAFE colleges, and public schools.
These programs offer educational opportunities and enable participants to compete in handling competitions, junior judging, and carcass events – a particularly satisfying contribution to the longevity and success of the beef cattle section.