Beef Australia 2015 ran the only national carcase competition in conjunction with their tri-annual major event held in Rockhampton. It presents a unique opportunity for cattle producers to benchmark their stock in a truly national competition. The carcase competition had competitors form all states of Australia vying for the title of National Champion Carcase and National Champion Pen. The competition is run on a MSA based system with the same MSA Grader judging all carcases entered in both the grass and grain fed classes.
Manchee Agriculture had outstanding results coming away with National Champion Carcase, two firsts, a second, a third and two fifths.
Manchee Ag win Champion Domestic steer/heifer in the RAS Beef Challenge for the second consecutive year.
Two pens were entered in the competition with our Durham Shorthorn pen placing equal first in the carcase grid and being awarded the Bronze Medal for the Taste Test and the pen placed 6th overall. This pen of steers were again one of the most profitable making $305.25 more profit returning an average of $1,054.44 per head.
The champion steer was awarded 2nd in the on hoof component and was 3rd for feedlot performance. He was a Durham Tropical steer sired by Manchee Mexico F34. He had a DWG of 2.22 kg/day over the 60 days, 1 score marble and returned $1,100.58.
The first-ever EU grainfed carcase competition held in Australia was won by Manchee Ag with a second pen entered placing second overall. Manchee Ag also placed third in the MSA 70 day Woolworths competition. The competition’s this year started under trying circumstances with flooding and heavy rain.
The leading steer in the EU grain fed class was sired by Yamburgan Zeus D79. His outstanding carcase attributes included a 102 sq/cm EMA and a marble score of 2 after 115 days on feed. The leading steer in the MSA domestic pen was also sired by Zeus D79, placing 3rd overall as an individual. A steer by leading Durham Tropical sire, Manchee Jester D281, placed 5th with the highest EMA of 87 sq/cm after 70 days on feed.
Manchee Ag steers were top performers in the RAS Beef Challange winning the Champion Domestic Steer and placing 3rd and 4th in the Domestic Class pen of six. The Champion Domestic steer was a Durham Tropical steer sired by Wilgaroon Dunkirk who performed well across all sections. He had a daily weigh gain of 2.20 kg/day, a perfect fat score, an EMA of 77 and returned $1,100.46.
Steers performed very well in the profitability and feedlot performance sections winning individual steer in both classes. These steers were sired by Yamburgan Zeus D79 and Crooked Post Grissom.