Show aims to tempt more cattle entries
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.