Game on for carcass events
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.