Game on for car­cass events

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - Beef Australia 2018 - Fiona My­ers news@ru­ral­weekly.com

THE win­ners of the Beef 2018 car­cass com­pe­ti­tion, who will be an­nounced next month, will have ev­ery rea­son to boast.

Not only will their cat­tle’s per­for­mance be the best in the na­tion but, ac­cord­ing to com­pe­ti­tion chair­man David Hill, they could well be the best in the world.

“Aus­tralia is renowned for hav­ing some of the high­estqual­ity beef in the world, so to win this will mean that this car­cass will be as good as any­thing you could find glob­ally,” Mr Hill said.

The Cen­tral Queens­land cat­tle­man said the com­pe­ti­tion had grown dra­mat­i­cally, with up to 70 pens of cat­tle in one class alone.

More than 1000 cat­tle were en­tered in the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Car­casses were scored from June last year.

En­trants in some lo­cal car­cass com­pe­ti­tions then had the chance to en­ter those same car­casses in the ANZ Na­tional Beef Car­cass Com­pe­ti­tion.

En­tries have come from six states, in­clud­ing Vic­to­ria in the south.

There are classes for grass-fed and grain-fed cat­tle, as well as an open-feed­ing op­tion, which al­lows for some grain feed­ing or prepa­ra­tion.

Mr Hill said there were brag­ging rights for win­ners in the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion but even to fin­ish in the top group would be a huge achieve­ment.

“When you go in a re­gional car­cass com­pe­ti­tion, you are bench­mark­ing your­self re­gion­ally,” he said.

“In this com­pe­ti­tion, you are bench­mark­ing your­self with pro­duc­ers across Aus­tralia.”

All car­casses have been as­sessed by the one per­son – Meat Stan­dards Aus­tralia re­search, de­vel­op­ment and in­tegrity man­ager Ja­nine Lau.

She vis­ited 25 plants over the past 10 months to judge all car­casses.

Mr Hill said the long process did al­low a sin­gle judge to as­sess all cat­tle but also al­lowed pro­duc­ers to en­ter their stock in their own peak turn-off pe­riod.

The na­tional car­cass com­pe­ti­tion will be an­nounced on May 8 at Beef 2018.

PRIME BEEF: Michael Kramer with a prize-win­ning car­cass.

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