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Are your cattle up to the challenge?

Posted on February 12th, 2015

By Blair Angus, Beef Australia Chairman

There is no other event like the ANZ National Beef Carcase Competition which allows beef producers to benchmark their stock using hard data from animals from all around the country.

And there is still time to enter your cattle in what is now the largest event of its kind and the only truly national carcase competition in Australia.

So far there has been a great response from producers around Australia, with cattle slaughtered in every state. However, due to the tough seasonal conditions in some areas numbers in the grassfed classes are slightly behind those nominated so far for the grainfed categories.

If you’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a good seasonal break, there are still 10 more slaughter opportunities between now and March 26 to enter your cattle, starting on February 17 at the Kilcoy Pastoral Company.

Entries will also be processed at Teys Bros, Beenleigh, on March 11, Biloela on March 18, and Rockhampton on March 24; Northern Cooperative Meat Company, Casino, on March 12 and 26; JBS Australia at Dinmore on March 16, Townsville March 17, and Rockhampton on March 25; and at John Dee, Warwick, on March 20.

There are three grassfed classes: pen of three medium trade chiller steers or heifers 180kg- 260kg; pen of three heavy trade chiller steers or heifers 260.1kg-340kg; and pen of three export chiller bullocks 300kg-420kg.

Having entered my stock regularly in this completion at previous Beef Australia expos, I can attest that the feedback is invaluable which comes back to producers about compliance of carcases to market specifications, yield of saleable meat and predicted eating quality of those carcases.

The appraisal system used in the competition has been specifically designed to meet both export and domestic market requirements and utilises the latest technology available to the beef industry.

I strongly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about the performance of your cattle on the hook and to benchmark your cattle against the best in the nation by entering the ANZ National Beef Carcase Competition.