Blondes do have more fun
Win at Carcass Classic
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
TOP TIER: Peter Aisthorpe and Jenny Williams have learned the thrill of competing blonde beasts.
LEFT: Jenny Williams and Peter Aisthorpe in Gympie.