Nominations now open for Beef Australia’s 2024 National Carcase Competition

Published 06 April 2023

Media Release

Beef Australia is calling for nominations from producers across the nation to put their best stock forward for the 2024 National Beef Carcase Competition.

Beef Australia CEO Simon Irwin said the competition allows for beef producers in every state to put up their best carcase against the rest of Australia.  

“Beef Australia’s National Carcase Competition has participating processors in every state with nominations coming in from producers across Australia making this a truly national competition,” Mr Irwin said.

“Not only is it an exciting event on the Beef 2024 calendar, entrants will receive feedback on each carcase nominated at the end of the competition providing them with valuable information to better understand their animal against national standards. 

“Entrants will have the chance to be awarded Beef Australia’s 2024 National Beef Carcase Competition Champion Carcase, with cash prizes awarded to the first, second and third pens across eight classes.

“Winners will be announced at the 2024 National Beef Carcase Competition Awards Dinner at Beef 2024.”

Beef Australia’s National Beef Carcase Competition Committee Chair, David Hill, said the competition is developed from the Australian Beef Carcase Appraisal System (ABCAS).

“All nominations entered into Beef Australia’s Carcase Competition are evaluated against the MSA Index utilising the latest technology available to Australia’s beef industry,” Mr Hill said.

“The appraisal system is specifically designed to meet both export and domestic market requirements, and entrants will receive feedback on the compliance of their nominated beef carcases to market specifications, lean meat yield and predicted eating quality.

“A new class has been introduced into the 2024 competition, allowing for weights of 360 kilograms or over into a new Open Class unrestricted feeding section.

“If you have not entered Beef Australia’s National Carcase Competition before, I strongly encourage you to consider nominating for 2024.

“Not only will entrants have the chance to be recognised as producing Australia’s best carcase, but will receive valuable insights into their animals so they can implement better business processes based off their results.”

Nominations can now be made online for Beef Australia’s 2024 National Carcase Competition by visiting

Cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded to the top pens across each class, and MLA will award a trophy to the winning pen of three carcases with the highest combined MSA Index scores.

Champion Pen and Reserve Champion Pen will also be awarded to the Highest Scoring Pen of three across all classes, as well as Champion and Reserve Champion Carcase.

Nominations will close one month prior to the intended slaughter date of the entrant’s cattle, with the last slaughter date offered on 29 February 2024.

For more information on the 2024 competition, including competition conditions and judging criteria, read the 2024 National Beef Carcase Competition Schedule available at   


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