Weigh-in at halfway point
See who is leading the premier carcase event
THE Callide Dawson Beef Carcase Competition has just reached the halfway mark with a field day and weigh-in last Friday.
A senepol angus cross from Southern Star Rural in Canowindra, NSW is leading the herd at the midway point.
The steer is part of a pen owned by Clayton Maynard.
He said he was surprised with the results so far.
“I expected them to do well but I wasn’t expecting them to excel in the way they have,” he said.
Mr Maynard said he had a few concerns with how his cattle would fare in the different conditions.
“It is a lot colder down this way in winter, but in summer it can get quite hot and dry,” he said. “We also sent our cattle as yearlings to a property in Jambin to get them used to the weather.”
He said it was a real eye opener to see how the environment differs and how the cattle adapt.
The 2018 competition is the first time Mr Maynard is participating in the Callide Dawson event.
“This particular event is one of the premier competitions in the country,” he said.
“It’s a good benchmark to set for yourself and it’s good to get some feedback and data.”
He said there were a few things he looked for when picking his competition cattle.
“I look for good structure and make sure they have a good even cover,” he said.
Mr Maynard said preparation for the event took a lot of time.
“It takes years of decision making,” he said.
“You’ve got to make sure your cattle are meeting the right specifications.”
Mr Maynard said he had taken away a few pointers from past competitions.
“Sometimes I use the feed they have used on the cattle depending on seasonal conditions. It’s really good to see them take up that grain.”
The group of 143 steers, in the two classes are averaging 2.87kg a day.
The steer leading the weight gain, is a senepol/angus cross steer, doing 4.6kg a day, from Clayton and Sarah Maynard’s, Southern Star Rural in Canowindra, NSW.
The 24-month-old steer, is sired by Five Star 130509, a senepol sire purchased at the Five Star senepol sale in Rockhampton in 2014 out of an angus commercial cow from NSW.
In second place is a three-quarter senepol, one-quarter charolais steer, exhibited by Guthrie Maynard, of Mt Eugene, Jambin, doing 4.42kg a day.
In third place is another Guthrie Maynard entry, doing 4.19kg a day, a senepol/belmont red steer, the steer is sired by a Five Star senepol bull.
In fourth place is a steer, by Bonnie Maynard, also of Mt Eugene, Jambin, a ¾ senepol steer doing 3.96kg a day.
❝It’s a good benchmark to set for yourself and it’s good to get some feedback and data. — Clayton Maynard
HALFWAY: The 24-month-old senepol-angus cross owned by Clayton and Sarah Maynard of Southern Star Rural in Canowindra, NSW leading at the 50 day mark of the Callide Dawson Beef Carcase Competition gaining 4.6kg a day.