There was a celebration of world class achievement in the production of beef on Friday night in Tamworth as the Royal Agricultural Society presented awards from recent feedlot trials.
All cattle were fed for the 70 day domestic market and the 100 day export trade at Wilga, part of the MacCue family enterprise at Bellata with surprisingly close results from a strong field of contenders that stretched from the black soil plains to the coast.
In the 70 day domestic class results champion team was awarded to a pen of six Angus bred by the Mayne family’s Texas Angus stud, Warialda with reserve ribbon going to the three Mayne children, Rosie, Will and Lachie, with a pen of their own steers.
In the export class champion team was awarded to Manchee Agriculture, ‘Wallah’, Narrabri with a pen of six Shorthorn heifers while the reserve ribbon went to the Boland family, Coraki via Lismore, with a pen of Charolais/ Hereford steers.
The results were broken down into incredible detail, a credit to the MacCue family for recording the nuts and bolts of better beef success.
It began with a live assessment of cattle in pens at Wilga, during an open day on August 21.
In the domestic competition the MacCue family placed first and third with pens of Angus steers while the Mayne family placed second with a pen of Angus steers.
Feedlot totals were awarded to Texas Angus, first; Fuhrmann Cooke and Flynn, Mummulgum via Casino in second with a pen of Charolais/ Hereford; and the MacCue family in third with Angus.
Carcase Grid winner went to Jasen Somerville, Fig Tree Pastoral Clovass via Casino with a pen of Santa/ Hereford followed by MacCue Trading with Angus.
Carcase judging went to the MacCue family followed by Texas Angus and the Mayne family.
Profitability was awarded to Texas Angus Warialda and the all important taste test was awarded to Laurie and Jenny Musgrave, ‘Rocky Glen’ at Terry Hie Hie with Angus followed by David and Alice Woods’ pen of Angus out of Southern Border Partnership, Goondiwindi with the Jamieson family in third – also with a pen of Angus.
In the live assessment of export cattle the Vickery family, ‘Dobikin’ Bellata placed first and third with pens of Angus while the Boland family, Coraki, placed second with Charolais/ Hereford.
Feedlot totals were awarded to Manchee Agriculture in first and third with their Shorthorn heifers. Ambrose and Lisa Doolan’s Isla Angus, ‘Toorawandi’ at Coonabarabran placed second.
Carcase Grid winner went to the Boland family, Coraki, with a swag of producers tying for second including Helen Walker and David Lonergan from ‘Rio Grande’ Mungandi with Angus, Yugilbar Pastoral Company with Santa/Angus and Weebollabolla – Norland Pastoral with Shortorn as well as Manchee, Isla, and Dobikin.
Carcase judging went to Texas Angus, first; MacCue Trading, second; and the extended Boland family in third.
Profitability placings, first to third, were awarded to Manchee Agriculture, while the taste test went to Texas Angus in first, followed by Dobikin Pastoral and Crown State Pastoral with a pen of Angus.