Show aims to tempt more cat­tle en­tries

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS -

OR­GAN­IS­ERS of the Cir­cu­lar Head Show hope changes to the com­mer­cial cat­tle com­pe­ti­tion will en­cour­age more farm­ers to en­ter.

The show’s trade com­pe­ti­tion is one of the most popular in the state and this year farm­ers can en­ter pens of three cat­tle in two dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories.

The changes will bring the com­pe­ti­tion into line Beef Aus­tralia for­mat.

Pens of three steers or heifers can be en­tered in lo­cal trade or Ja­panese ex­port classes. Car­cass weights for the trade sec­tion are 220kg to 359.9kg and 360k to 439.9kg for Ja­panese ex­port.

The on-the-hoof sec­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion will be judged at the show on De­cem­ber 8.

Or­gan­is­ers say the changes will al­low farmer to choose an­i­mals that re­flect the qual­ity of their herd and demon­strates their abil­ity to se­lect con­sis­tently to the spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

Af­ter the show judg­ing the cat­tle will be trans­ported to Green­ham Tas­ma­nia where they will then be grazed and fed silage for 30 days to com­ply with Meat Stan­dards Aus­tralia rules, and pro­cessed on Jan­uary 7.

The car­cass as­sess­ment will be held the fol­low­ing morn­ing and the pre­sen­ta­tion of prizes will be held on Jan­uary 8.

Dur­ing the car­cass-judg­ing sec­tion bonus car­cass points could also be awarded for the con­sis­tency of weight, fat dis­tri­bu­tion, lean meat yield and eat­ing qual­ity score of the three cat­tle in each en­try.

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