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Essex Grazing Co named most successful exhibitor in Nutrien Ag Solutions Commercial Cattle Championship

Published 06 May 2024

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The Quinn family of Essex Grazing Co, Middlemount, has built on their success of three years ago to be named Most Successful Exhibitor in the Nutrien Ag Solutions Commercial Cattle Championship at Beef2024.

Announced at the Championship’s awards dinner on Monday night, Peter, Bev and Matt Quinn took top honours in a hotly-contested field of 39 exhibitors.

Entering 122 head across eight classes, their ribbon haul included first place in Class 1 for a pen of 10 Shorthorn/Charbray-cross steers that were also awarded Reserve Champion Lot Fed Steers; first place in Class 4; first place in Class 8 for a pen of 10 Shorthorn/Charbray-cross steers that were also awarded Champion Crop or Pasture Fed Steers; fourth place in Class 7; first and second place in Class 9; third place in Class 10; second place in Class 11; and second place in Class 12.

Also announced on Monday night was the Most Successful Feedlot title, which was claimed by the Conaghan family of Barmount Feedlot, Marlborough.

Nutrien Ag Solutions Commercial Cattle Championship Committee Chair, Angus Creedon, said the cattle presented for this year’s competition were a fantastic representation of where beef production stands in 2024.

“Some of Central Queensland’s leading commercial and seedstock producers have showcased the fruits of their labour with an exceptional line-up of exhibits at Central Queensland Livestock Exchange,” Mr Creedon said.

“With the market correction witnessed in 2023, recent variable seasonal conditions, high grain prices and some uncertainty of where the market would be in May 2024, the committee is extremely grateful for the vendors who contributed 1,685 head of cattle to the 2024 event.

“A special thank you to our judges Glenn Poole of Teys Australia and Craig Price from Kilcoy Pastoral Company, and the livestock buyers who joined us at the sale of the cattle on Monday morning, where prices were well above the current market, rewarding vendors for their support of the competition.”

Overall, the 1,685 head of commercial cattle sold for a gross of $3.994 million, to surpass the gross of just over $3.6m achieved in 2021, with steers averaging $2,464 per head and heifers averaging $1,970/hd.

The Grand Champion Pen of Droughtmaster steers on account of Cliff and Sasha Mylrea, Needmor Cattle Co, Gogango, sold to Kilcoy Meats for 424 cents a kilogram to average $2,910/hd.

Mac and Gayle Shann of Cantaur Park, Clermont, sold their pen of 10 Droughtmaster/Charolais-cross Champion Lot Fed Heifers to Nolans Meats for 408c/kg, to average $2,313/hd.

Essex Grazing Co’s top-selling pen made 442c/kg, to average $3,094/hd, purchased by Kilcoy Meats.

Beef Australia is proudly presented by the Australian Government and the Queensland Government.

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