Angus cattle rise to the top in the 2019 RAS Beef Challenge

September 18, 2019 12:16 pm

Angus and Angus influenced cattle have outperformed the competition in the RAS of NSW 2019 Sydney Royal Beef Challenge, taking home almost all major awards. 

With more than 500 animals entered in both the domestic and export sections from across the country, judging was a twophase process, with teams of six and individuals judged live at the Wilga Feedlot, Bellata NSW, before being judged in the second phase for: 

  • Feedlot performance – assessing both Average Daily Gain, Feed Intake and Dressing Percentage 
  • Market Grid Compliance – with each team assessed to meet a defined optimum target for domestic and export categories 
  • Carcass Assessment – Fat specifications, Meat Yield, and Eating Quality 
  • Eating Quality – MSA Index and for the Export teams taste testing 

In the domestic section, where cattle spent 70 days on feed, Branga Plains Pastoral Co, took out Champion Team with a pen of Angus influenced steers. 

An Angus heifer from Texas Angus was awarded Reserve Champion Individual. 

Texas Angus came close to a clean sweep of the major export section (100 days on feed) awards, winning Champion Team with a pen of Angus heifers, Reserve Champion team with a pen of Angus steers and Champion individual with an Angus steer. 

IG, EA & CI Brown won Reserve Champion individual with an Angus heifer. 

In addition to the major awards, Angus cattle were extremely successful in the taste test section of the competition. 

Of the 24 medals awarded for the taste test component, 19 of these (2 Gold, 4 Silver & 13 Bronze) went to either Angus or Angus influenced pens of cattle, with both Pine Creek Angus Stud and AV & LM Doolan taking home coveted Gold Medals. 

In the domestic section, two teams of heifers entered by Hobday Nixon placed 1st and 2nd for taste test, while individually, an Angus heifer from Texas Angus places 1st and an Angus heifer from Hobday Nixon placed 3rd. 

In the export judging, AV & LM Doolan won 1st with a team of Angus heifers and 1st  with an Angus heifer in the individual section, while Pine Creek Angus Stud placed 2nd in the teams and individually, also with Angus heifers. 

As the beef industry looks to focus on the end consumer and their wants and desires these awards are especially important. Angus beef is already synonymous for eating quality and when this claim is backed by commercial results, consumers will continue to identify Angus beef as a high-end product. 

 


Live Assessment:  

Domestic Pen  1st  Branga Plains Pastoral Co (Angus influenced steers) 
  2nd  Texas Angus (Angus steers) 
Export Pen  1st   Texas Angus (Angus steers) 
  2nd   Isla Angus (Angus steers) 
  3rd   Isla Angus (Angus steers) 
Export Individual  1st  Texas Angus (Angus steer) 
  2nd   Texas Angus (Angus steer) 
  3rd   MacCue Trading Pty Ltd (Angus steer) 

Daily Weight Gain: 

Domestic Individual  1st  Texas Angus (Angus heifer) 
  3rd   JA Langan (Angus steer) 
Export Individual  1st   MacCue Trading Pty Ltd (Angus heifer) 
  2nd   Texas Angus (Angus heifer) 

Dressing % 

Domestic – Individual  3rd   David Venz (Angus heifer) 
Export – Individual  1st   IG, EA & CI Brown (Angus heifer) 
  3rd  Isla Angus (Angus steer) 

Feedlot Total: 

Domestic – Pen  1st   Branga Plains Pastoral Co (Angus influenced steers) 
  2nd   Hobday Nixon )Angus heifers) 
Export – Pen  2nd   Texas Angus (Angus heifers) 
Domestic – Individual  1st  JA Langan (Angus steer) 
Export – Individual  3rd   Texas Angus ( Angus steer) 

Carcase Grid: 

Domestic – Pen  1st   JB Carpenter (Angus influenced heifers) 
  =2nd  Branga Plains Pastoral Co (Angus influenced steers) 
  =2nd  AV & LM Doolan (Angus heifers) 
Export Pen  1st  Texas Angus (Angus steers) 
  =2nd   IG, EA & CI Brown (Angus heifers) 
  =2nd   IG, EA & CI Brown (Angus heifers) 
  =2nd   M & D MacCue 
Domestic – Individual  =1st  JB Carpenter (Angus influenced heifer) 
  =1st   JB Carpenter (Angus influenced heifer) 
  =1st   AV & LM Doolan (Angus heifer) 
Export – Individual  =1st  IG, EA & CI Brown (Angus heifer) 
  =1st  Texas Angus (Angus steer) 

Carcase Judge: 

Domestic – Pen  1st   Branga Plains Pastoral Co (Angus influenced steers) 
  =2nd   Branga Plains Pastoral Co (Angus influenced steers) 
  =2nd   Texas Angus (Angus heifers) 
Export – Pen  1st   Mac Cue Trading Pty Ltd (Angus steers) 
  3rd  Pine Creek Angus Stud (Angus heifers) 
Export – Individual  1st   MacCue Trading (Angus steer) 
  2nd   MacCue Trading (Angus steer) 
  3rd   Texas Angus (Angus steer) 

Profitability:  

Domestic – Pen  1st  Texas Angus (Angus heifers) 
  3rd  Branga Plains Pastoral Co (Angus influenced steers) 
Export – Pen  1st  Texas Angus (Angus heifers) 
  2nd  MacCue Trading (Angus heifers) 
  3rd   M & D MacCue (Angus heifers) 
Domestic – Individual  1st  AV & LM Doolan (Angus heifer) 
  2nd  JA Langan (Angus steer) 
Export – Individual  1st   Mac Cue Trading Pty Ltd (Angus heifer) 
  2nd   Texas Angus (Angus heifer) 
  3rd   M & D MacCue (Angus heifer) 

Taste Test: 

Domestic – Pen  1st  Hobday Nixon (Angus heifers) 
  3rd  Hobday Nixon (Angus heifers) 
Export Pen  1st  AV & LM Doolan (Angus heifers) 
  2nd   Pine Creek Angus Stud (Angus heifers) 
Domestic – Individual  1st   Texas Angus (Angus heifer) 
  3rd  Hobday Nixon (Angus heifer) 
Export – Individual  1st   AV & LM Doolan (Angus heifer) 
  2nd   Pine Creek Angus Stud (Angus heifer) 

Domestic Champion Team: 

Branga Plains Pastoral Co, Angus Influenced steers 

Domestic Reserve Champion Individual: 

Texas Angus, Angus Heifer 

Export Champion Team: 

Texas Angus, Angus Heifers 

Export Reserve Champion Team: 

Texas Angus, Angus Steers 

Export Champion Individual: 

Texas Angus, Angus Steer 

Export Reserve Champion Individual: 

IG, EA  & CI Brown, Angus heifer 

Taste Test Awards: 

Domestic  Bronze Medal  JB Carpenter (Angus Influenced heifers) 
  Bronze Medal  Palgrove Pastoral Co, (Angus Influenced Steers) 
  Bronze Medal  Hobday Nixon (Angus heifers) 
Export  Gold Medal  Pine Creek Angus Stud (Angus heifers) 
  Gold Medal  AV & LM Doolan (Angus heifers) 
  Silver Medal  IG, EA & CI Brown (Angus heifers) x 2 
  Silver Medal  MacCue Trading Pty Ltd (Angus heifers) 
  Silver Medal  AV & LM Doolan (Angus heifers) 
  Bronze Medal  IG, EA & CI Brown (Angus heifers) 
  Bronze Medal  Bundah Rural P/L (Angus heifers) 
  Bronze Medal  MacCue Trading Pty Ltd (Angus steers) 
  Bronze Medal  Texas Angus (Angus heifers) 
  Bronze Medal  M & D MacCue (Angus heifers) x 2 
  Bronze Medal  AV & LM Doolan (Angus heifers) 
  Bronze Medal  AV & LM Doolan (Angus steers) 
  Bronze Medal  Isla Angus (Angus steers) x 2 

Top Image: Angus producer proudly showing off their awards. 

Images: Danni MacCue 

 

 

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