EACH YEAR MANCHEE AG PARTICIPATES IN AS MANY STEER COMPETITIONS AS POSSIBLE TO ENABLE US TO BENCHMARK OURSELVES AGAINST OTHER INDUSTRY LEADING BEEF PRODUCERS.
BEEF AUSTRALIA 2015 NATIONAL CHAMPION CARCASE
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 compeditors 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.
CHAMPION STEER IN THE 2014 RAS BEEF CHALLENGE DOMESTIC CLASS
This year saw 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 placing 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 with a 1 marble score.
We have entered 4 different independent feedlot competitions in the last 12 months, with broad ribbon’s in each.
2013 PACIFIC BEEF CARCASE COMPETITION SUCCESS
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.
2013 RAS BEEF CHALLENGE COMPETITION SUCCESS
Once again 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.
Results include Champion Domestic Carcase, 6 firsts, 1 second, 3 thirds and two Bronze Medals.
2013 Beef Spectacular Trial
Two pens were entered in the 2013 NSW Beef Spectacular Feedback Trial with the pens placing 1st and 3rd in the Feedlot Performance section of the competition.
We also were placed 4th and 12th overall with 76 teams entered in the export market competition. We were also awarded Reserve Champion Riverine Tender Cut pen.
The trial is the biggest commercial trial in the country, with 380 head, 76 teams, 51 vendors and 13 breeds and crosses.
Further result information will be posted here once available after we recieve the full feedback sheets from the organisers.
2012 PRIMEX COMPETITIONS WIN
Manchee Ag were placed 1st and 2nd overall in the 2012 Primex Pacific Beef Carcase Competition proving the red white and roan hide can be the most profitable in the domestic market. The highly competitive competition had all major temperate breeds represented by 17 teams with Manchee Ag having now won 12 Major Feedlot and Carcase awards in the last three years.
Manchee Ag also placed 1st, 3rd and 4th in the Feedlot Performance section with an average daily weight gain of 2.61 kg/day with the highest steer doing 3.07 kg/day.
In the Eating Quality awards a pen was placed 2nd with the judging being calculated from the predicted MSA eating quality score.
The highest EMA steer in the competition had an EMA of 96 sq/cm and was a Durham Tropical steer sired by Wilgaroon Dunkirk D522. This pen of steers placed 7th overall.
The winning pens comprised of Shorthorn steers sired by Yamburgan Zeus D79, Narralda Aladdin and Yamburgan Cassius Clay C108.
2011 Beef Spectacular Success
Yamburgan were Reserve Champion pen of steers in the 2011 Beef Spectacular Feedlot Trial held at Dubbo with a purebred pen of Shorthorn steers. Manchee Ag entered two pen’s of steers in the competition and were also placed 1st and 3rd in feedlot performance.
The reserve champion pen of milk tooth steers were the most profitable pen of steers in the competition being $545.87 more profitable than the trails average and $1,200 more profitable than the worst performing pen. This fact alone describes our main goal.
The Yamburgan steers also had the highest dressing percentage of the trial with steers dressing out at over 61%. Saleable meat yield (ViaScan%) was another strong area with the steers also topping this section at over 71%.
2011 RAS Beef Challenge
This year saw the introduction of the inaugural RAS Australian Prime Beef Cattle Challenge, an exciting new commercially oriented steer competition.
Yamburgan entered one pen of purebred Shorthorn steers which had done very well when we attended the recent field day at the Wilga Feedlot at Bellata. We were really pleased with how even the steers were. They had an average DWG of 2.11 kg/day.
2010 Beef Spectacular Trial
This year at the NSW Beef Spectacular saw the introduction of a Feedback Feedlot Trial. The trial included 43 teams (215 head)from 34 vendors representing 13 breeds or crosses that were fed on a 112 day feed regime.
Yamburgan Steers were the top performing Shorthorn steers with a return of over 300% profitability and placed 6th overall. We were awarded the Shorthorn Beef Sponsorship prize of $1500 for the highest performing Shorthorn steers in the trial. We thank Shorthorn Beef for this prize money.
2010 RNA Paddock to Plate
Manchee Ag was again successful in the Paddock to Palate Competition placing second overall. Our steers performed very well across all facets of the competition.
The steers were placed 3rd in the daily weight gain section of this years trial with 2.47 kg/day. These steers were from our Durham Tropical program. We were also placed 5th overall (2.40 kg/day) with a pen of pure bred Yamburgan Shorthorn steers. Pictured above are Nick Manchee receiving the weight gain section of the trials ribbon from Mr Ken Crotty.
We were placed first in the MSA Meat Eating section which coupled with the DWG success emphasizes the direction we are taking.
2009 RNA 100 DAY TRIAL
Manchee Agriculture were again very successful in the 2009 Brisbane RNA 100 Day Feedlot trial. We were awarded 1st in the carcase section and 3rd overall for a pen of six steers sired by Yamburgan Diamantina Z20 (3 steers), Yamburgan Mittiebah 3rd (2 steers) and The Grove Lockyer (1 steer).
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