The ANZ National Beef Carcase Competition was again a happy hunting ground for cattle breeders utilising Angus genetics in their herds. Angus cattle outperformed the other competitors when it comes to carcase quality, with purebred Angus entries taking out both MSA Index Awards.
The MSA Index Award for individual carcase with the highest MSA Index from classes 1-7, went to an Angus carcase exhibited by Barry Hollonds, Sale VIC with a 68.95 MSA Index.
Going up against 3.5 million carcases that were graded, the winning carcase was from a 340kg Angus steer.
Mr Hollonds also had a pen of three Angus steers place 6th in Class 2, Pasture fed – Pen of three Heavy Trade chiller steers or heifers – 260.1-340kg and another pen of Angus steers place 5th in Class 3, Pasture fed – Pen of three Export chiller bullocks – 300-420kg.
The award for pen of 3 carcases with the highest total MSA Indexes from classes 1-7 went to Baringa Pastoral Company Pty Ltd, Walcha NSW for a pen of 3 Angus carcases. This result for Baringa was on top of winning first place for eating quality at the Beef Spectacular Awards night earlier in the year, with an MSA Index of 65.56.
Waverley Station Pty Ktd, King Island Tas, placed 2nd in Class 3 with a pen pf Angus steers.
The Bendotti Family from Pemberton WA, were awarded 1st place with a pen of three Angus steers in Class and also placed 3rd, 5th and 6th in this class.
The first place team finished with a score of 278.10 out of 306.
The Bendottis also received a 6th place in Class 1, Pasture fed – Pen of three Medium Trade chiller steers or heifers – 180-260kg.
The Beef Australia Highest Pen Award (Highest scoring pen of 3 from classes 1-7) went to the John Galatti Family Trust, Brunswick WA, whom had also won Class 4, Grain fed – Pen of three Medium Trade chiller steers or heifers – 180 – 260kg, with a pen of three Angus Influenced steers (Limousin cross Angus)
The Galatti Family also placed 3rd and 6th in Class 5, Grain fed – Pen of three Heavy Trade chiller steers or heifers – 260.1 – 340kg, with two pens of three Angus Influenced steers (Charolais cross Angus).
The Campbell Family, AS & M Campbell continued their success in this competition , receiving 2nd in both Class, 1 and Class 2 with teams of three purebred Angus steers and 3rd and 5th in Class 1 with teams of three Angus Influenced steers (Charolais cross Angus).
NJ & JM Southorn, Forbes NSW placed 4th Class 6, in Grain fed – Pen of three Export chiller bullocks – 300 – 420kg, with a pend of three Angus steers.
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Image caption: Barry Hollonds won the MSA Index Award for individual carcase with the highest MSA Index. Image: Stock & Land