In a true display of bringing the country to the city, more than 1,100 head of stud beef cattle will descend on the Royal Queensland Show (Ekka), the largest showing of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. The animals on show at the Ekka each year are a showcase of some of the best genetics in the world, all in the one location in the heart of Brisbane. The Stud Beef Cattle judging started in 1876 and is the largest and most prestigious annual gathering of Stud Beef in Australia. Stud beef includes several competition categories including, paraders, herdsmen's, champion of champions, young judges and more. A highlight of the Beef Cattle judging is the Stud Beef Champion of Champions Show where the best beast of show is crowned.