Sus­sex holds on to beef award

Narrogin Observer - - News - Bob Gar­nant

An­gus cross Poll Sus­sex cat­tle held their ground against a Li­mousin upris­ing in what was the tight­est top-three point plac­ings since the in­cep­tion of the an­nual Har­vey Beef Gate 2 Plate Chal­lenge.

Sandy and Narelle Lyon, of Wil­lyung Farms, Al­bany, pro­duced their first win­ning team con­sist­ing of two steers and one heifer.

It was back-to-back vic­tory for Wil­lyung Poll Sus­sex ge­net­ics, after Mr Lyon’s par­ents, Alis­ter and Doreen Lyon, won the 2017 chal­lenge ti­tle with a pure Poll Sus­sex team.

Mr Lyon said the hy­brid An­gus com­po­nent in the Poll Sus­sex cross team for the 2018 win worked a charm, but only just, as the Wil­lyung team stole the ti­tle by less than one point from a Li­mousin team.

What got the Lyons over the line was their sec­ond over­all ranked steer and a very prof­itable third over­all ranked heifer which had net pro­ceeds of $1415 and profit of $197.

The Lyons, who host the com­pe­ti­tion cat­tle at their Wil­lyung Farms feed­lot, re­ceived a round of ap­plause in ac­cept­ing their pres­ti­gious award at a gath­er­ing of 190 peo­ple at Al­bany’s Cen­ten­nial Sta­dium last week.

Mr Lyon gave credit to his fa­ther’s stead­fast Poll Sus­sex stud breed­ing ap­ti­tude over many years.

In his feeder re­port, Mr Lyon said in the fourth year of the com­pe­ti­tion, cat­tle weight gains were up on last year as were feed con­ver­sion ra­tios.

Al­bany Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Erica Hen­der­son said par­tic­i­pat­ing pro­duc­ers were on the right track for WA’s Meat Stan­dards Aus­tralia graded do­mes­tic grain-fed sup­ply chain.

“The chal­lenge col­lects the ap­pro­pri­ate data that af­fects prof­itabil­ity from farm gate to con­sumer’s plate,” she said. “The Schools Chal­lenge (held last month), which this year was won by WA Col­lege of Agri­cul­ture, at Cun­derdin, gives our youth the op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act with in­dus­try.”

Chal­lenge co-or­di­na­tor Sheena Smith said the av­er­age daily gain of cat­tle through the feed­lot had in­creased by 0.09kg for an av­er­age 1.77kg/day while the feed con­sump­tion had de­creased.

Again, the chal­lenge had many high­lights from the 21 dif­fer­ent breeds rep­re­sented, with the big­gest num­bers (41) en­tered as pure An­gus.

The over­all run­ner-up prize win­ner, Kevin Net­tle­ton, of Uni­son Li­mousin stud, Boy­anup, also col­lected a sec­ond place award for feed­lot per­for­mance for his pure Li­mousin team.

Third place over­all and most im­proved team was won by SA & SH Smith, of Nar­rikup, with a team of Mur­ray Grey cross An­gus cross Poll Sus­sex.

Bruce and Gaye Camp­bell, of Keys­brook, placed first in the best pro­ces­sor per­for­mance cat­e­gory with a team of Charo­lais cross An­gus cat­tle.

Garry Thomas, of Tungamah Speckle Park stud, Gin­gin, was awarded the best MSA per­for­mance.

The school with the most points in the chal­lenge was awarded to WA Col­lege of Agri­cul­ture, of Den­mark, for its pure Sim­men­tal team.

Pic­tures: Bob Gar­nant

Boy­anup cat­tle­man Kevin Net­tle­ton, cen­tre, of Uni­son Li­mousin stud, pic­tured with Har­vest Road chief ex­ec­u­tive Greg Har­vey and Har­vey Beef live­stock gen­eral man­ager Kim McDougall, was run­ner-up in the chal­lenge com­pe­ti­tion.

Gin­gin cat­tle­man Garry Thomas, of Tungamah Speckle Park stud, sec­ond left, flanked by Coles re­gional man­ager Gerry McCann and Al­bany store man­ager Sage Gran­tham and chal­lenge com­mit­tee mem­ber Claire King.

Gaye and Bruce Camp­bell, of Keys­brook, cen­tre, pic­tured with Mt Barker Re­gional Sa­le­yards chair­man Len Han­dasyde and chal­lenge com­mit­tee mem­ber Jar­rod Car­roll.

Sandy and Narelle Lyon, of Wil­lyung Farms, Al­bany, were con­grat­u­lated by Har­vest Road chief ex­ec­u­tive Greg Har­vey and live­stock gen­eral man­ager Kim McDougall on win­ning the over­all Har­vey Beef Gate 2 Plate Chal­lenge.

Nar­rikup cat­tle pro­duc­ers Robert, Sheena and Ste­wart Smith were awarded third place over­all and had the most im­proved cat­tle team.

WA Col­lege of Agri­cul­ture, Den­mark, beef tech­ni­cal of­fi­cer Joanne Angilley ac­cepted the school’s most points award.

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