Smith, 18, scoops top beef award

Albany Extra - - News - Bob Gar­nant

From a to­tal 76 head of led steers and heifers of var­i­ous breeds and weight cat­e­gories, the IGA Perth Royal Show grand cham­pion beef car­case award was won by a rel­a­tively new en­trant.

Robert Smith, 18, of Porongu­rup Prime Beef, Nar­rikup, won the top car­case award, which was the re­sult of his pure Sus­sex medium weight steer, en­try 638, hav­ing the top score of 92.07 points.

“I was gobsmacked to win this pres­ti­gious award,” he said.

“My thanks to Grandad (Alas­tair Lyon), who has been a ded­i­cated Sus­sex cat­tle breeder and pro­duced the Wil­lyung sire of the four steers I brought to the show.”

Mr Smith said the long list of pro­cess­ing fig­ures sup­plied through the com­pe­ti­tion was very use­ful in de­ter­min­ing steer se­lec­tion and the feed­ing regime for fu­ture en­tries.

The steer had a 57.4 per cent dress­ing per­cent­age, while its hot stan­dard car­case weight was 237.7kg with a P8 Fat of 8mm and a Meat Stan­dard Aus­tralia in­dex of 65.68.

Be­fore be­ing pro­cessed, the 414kg steer was fly­ing un­der the radar dur­ing the on-the-hoof judg­ing at the show, not plac­ing in its weight cat­e­gory.

That, how­ever, did not stop He­len God­dard Borger, of Swansea Meats, from se­cur­ing the steer dur­ing the on-the-hoof auc­tion for a bar­gain $1300.

Lit­tle did she know it would pro­duce the best car­case at the time.

The re­serve grand cham­pion car­case award was won by Mur­doch Univer­sity with its en­try 667, a Li­mousin cross An­gus steer out of the heavy­weight class.

The 506 live weight steer dressed out at 57.5 per cent pro­duc­ing HSCW of 291kg, a P8 Fat of 10mm and a MSA in­dex of 64.18 for a to­tal score of 88.73 points, just 3.34 points be­hind the Sus­sex.

Mur­doch Univer­sity had five broad rib­bon car­case wins.

Pic­ture: Bob Gar­nant

Robert Smith won his first grand cham­pion car­case award.

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