David and Jenny Smith, Howard Nominees, Kalangadoo, South Australia blitzed the field, by becoming the first competitors to win both grand champion and reserve grand champion carcase in the event’s 10-year history.
The 2017-18 Southern Grassfed Carcase Classic was the biggest and best yet with nearly 550 head more cattle than the previous year.
In a five-month delivery period, Teys Australia’s Naracoorte abattoir processed 1269 cattle from 45 producers from SA and western Vic, affirming its status as the nation’s largest grassfed beef carcase competition.
The Grand Champion carcase went to an Angus steer, the Class 2 winner for Single steer or heifer, 0-4 teeth 240-320kg.
The 292.4 kg carcase, had an eye muscle area of 87 square centimetres and 6mm of rib fat to score 87.77 points out of a possible 100, including full points for saleable meat yield.
Mr Smith, who runs a herd of 120 autumn-calving Angus females, entered 38 head and also took out the best team of three and best team of ten animals.
The Alan Kranz Memorial Trophy for highest eating quality animal went to an Angus cross steer, 380kg, exhibited by Ian Louise Johnson.
Pictured top: David Smith, Howard Nominees, Kalangadoo, is congratulated on winning grandchampion carcase by Teys executive director of livestock Geoff Teys. Image courtesy of The Stock Journal.