THE Beef Spectacular Feedback Trial mid-term field at Teys Australia’s Jindalee Feedlot, Stockinbingal, drew plenty of attention last week as 80 exhibitors took the opportunity to come and look at the progress of their steers.
The field day was double edged, with exhibitors having to put their selection skills to the test in selecting their steers for the BEEF Australia 2018 National Carcase competition.
Beef Spectacular Feedback Trial coordinator Brett Tindal, Wagga, Wagga said the trial evolved this year through the Teys Australia partnership to include a double entry system, for exhibitors to enter our trial as well as the competition for BEEF 2018.
“There are a lot of synergies to what we were doing and with Teys and Fairfax Agricultural Media being partners of the Beef 2018 event it made sense to offer this to our exhibitors and have a big representation from our trial and southern producers,” he said.
Mr Tindal said he expects from current interest to see around 200 head or 70 teams of three from our trial to enter the Beef 2018 competition.
The field day held at Jindalee feedlot saw the largest roll up of 80 exhibitors to the field day in it’s nine year history, with exhibitors from as far north as Bingara and Inverell right down to Gipplsand and Mortlake in Victoria.
Mr Tindal said there was 480 steers entered in this years trial, making it the second largest in the trial’s history, but also still the largest feedback trial in the country.
The cattle are enjoying better seasonal conditions this year, with a lot less constant rain to what we had last year.
“The steers represent 16 different breeds and crosses, with some new breeds like the Devon, Galloway and Senepol breeds entering this year with the usual Angus, Whiteface, Charolais, Shorthorn, Speckle Park, Simmental, Murray Grey, Limousin, Blue-E and Composite breeds.”
Mr Tindal said the steers were performing well and on par with last years trial, with a good top end, solid representation of cattle performing in the middle to average range and only a slight tail after 83 days of the 112 day program.
The steers will be processed on Friday December 15, then graded on Monday December 18 after a weekend to chill before the February 9 presentation dinner to be held in Wagga, where all results and feedback will be announced.
Mr Tindal mentioned the generous support of the Feedback Trial sponsors that really back and drive the success of the trial.
He thanked Teys Australia, Coopers Animal Health, Shanahans Livestock Transport, Steel Supplies, Boyd Metalworks, Riverina Australia, Technipharm and Jeff House Livestock.