Angus and Angus influenced cattle achieved success in the 46th Lardner Park steer trial against teams from 32 beef producers.
Steers bred by Tony and Marg Killalea, at Wantagong NSW took out a major award in the 2021 Trial, with the two-steer team (Angus/ Shorthorn sire out of Angus/Shorthorn cows), entered by the Killaleas outperforming the competition to win the Combined Weight Gain and Carcase Award.
Of the winning pair, one steer achieved the highest daily live weight gain of 1.58 kg (the pair achieved 1.38 kgLW/day) and the other steer finished second place in the carcase results.
This year is the second time the Killalea family have won, having previously won the weight gain/carcass award in the 2018 competition.
Alex Lineham of Lineham Farms, Vervale Vic. Took out the award for Highest Carcase Score as a pair, with Angus steers, that averaged a carcase score of 86.99.
The Highest Eating Quality Award based on MSA Index, also went to an Angus pair of steers exhibited by Dane Martin of Glenfalloch Station, Licola Vic., with an average MSA Index of 62.48.
The highest weight gain pair went to SimAngus of steers exhibited by Chase Jones of Jones Farms, Moorooduc Vic, who also received the 3rd prize overall for Combined Weight Gain and Carcase.
The steer trial is unique in Australia as it is the only grass-based trial with cattle managed under independently controlled grazing conditions during the period of the trial at Lardner Park, Warragul in Gippsland Victoria.
The trial, which ran from early July to end of November 2021, measures weight gain over the five months and concludes with a final carcass assessment to meet a standard domestic trade 200 – 330 kg category.
The trial provides valuable information on the growth and carcase quality of the steers entered for producers.
Feature Image: Nathan Fenby from Zoetis and Marg Killalea, Killandayle Beef. Image courtesy of Warragul and Drouin Gazette.