Blon­des do have more fun

Win at Car­cass Classic

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE - Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

SINCE get­ting into the beef show­case game, Monal Graz­ing Com­pany cat­tle pro­duc­ers Peter Aisthorpe and Jenny Williams have de­vel­oped a taste for it.

Last week at the Sul­li­van Live­stock Gympie Car­cass Classic, their Blonde d’Aquitaine steer en­try won Char­lie Cot­ter All­rounder and Most Suit­able Car­cass for the Do­mes­tic Mar­ket.

It was the first time in 30 years th­ese two top prizes had been won by the same en­try.

Since en­ter­ing in the Cal­lide Daw­son car­cass com­pe­ti­tion, which they won in the first year, Peter and Jenny have worked to show­case their blon­des.

At the Gympie com­pe­ti­tion it’s slightly dif­fer­ent to other comps be­cause every en­try gets sent in and back­grounded on the same day, March 21, and all run to­gether on equal feed un­til slaugh­ter.

This way all the cat­tle are on an equal play­ing field once en­tered.

The Gympie comp also holds ed­u­ca­tional work­shops, which is handy for Peter and Jenny’s two boys, Luke and Mac Aisthorpe, who are start­ing to take the reins.

“They do a live assess­ment for the kids, and they also have a meat judg­ing com­pe­ti­tion, which is one of the few in the coun­try,” Jenny said.

Luke also won a cou­ple of prizes with his own en­try.

Peter and Jenny have spe­cialised in blon­des lately be­cause they have a high dress­ing per­cent­age, which trans­lates to a high ra­tio of what they get off the car­cass ver­sus the live weight.

“They’re a good cross-breed­ing an­i­mal,” Peter said.

“It brings the car­cass yields up be­cause blon­des are light of bone.”

One trick they picked up is to put a beast in that’s only just over the min­i­mum weight, to en­sure they get the max­i­mum level of feed with­out go­ing over.

Since they’ve been en­ter­ing the com­pe­ti­tions at Cal­lide and Gympie, Peter and Jenny have been ap­proached by other pro­duc­ers look­ing for tips.

“We’ve had a few peo­ple from other breeds who are get­ting into them a lit­tle more, we’ve sold bulls,” Peter said.

“We’re hop­ing it builds up; next year, we’re look­ing to get a few more bulls for our­selves.”

“We didn’t have a lot of bulls, so we’ve ended up drum­ming up busi­ness for other places,” Jenny said.

We’re hop­ing it builds up; next year, we’re look­ing to get a few more bulls for our­selves. — Peter Aisthorpe

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

TOP TIER: Peter Aisthorpe and Jenny Williams have learned the thrill of com­pet­ing blonde beasts.

PHOTO: RE­NEE AL­BRECHT

LEFT: Jenny Williams and Peter Aisthorpe in Gympie.

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