Weigh-in at half­way point

See who is lead­ing the premier car­case event

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Cattle Market - GEORDI OFFORD Geordi.offord@ru­ral­weekly.com.au

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.”

WEIGH-IN RE­SULTS

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

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

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.

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