Completing a successful year for Angus and Angus cross cattle in commercial cattle competitions, the results at a number of recent competitions have reiterated the ability of Angus cattle to provide the carcase traits that bring profitability to any cattle breeding enterprise.
ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW
The Champion medium domestic carcase at the Royal Melbourne Show went to a 429kg live weight Angus steer exhibited by Gundagai High School and sired by Bongongo K547.
Gundagai High School also exhibited a 506kg Angus steer sired by Bongongo K547, that received Reserve champion heavy domestic carcase and second place in the School Steers Bonanza.
In the Borthwick Trophy for team of three purebred steers, the Angus team placed second.
PERTH ROYAL SHOW
The Perth Royal Show saw a team of three purebred steers take out the Millner Trophy for group of three on the hoof and hook.
An Angus cross steer, exhibited by Kelmscott Senior High School won reserve champion lightweight carcase. The 400kg live weight steer dressed at 58% and had 7mm for P8 fat and 5mm for rib.
In the hoof judging an Angus steer also exhibited by Kelmscott Senior High was awarded reserve grand champion and champion heavy weight and Murdoch University exhibited an Angus cross steer that won Champion Lightweight steer and an Angus steer that won Reserve champion extra heavyweight steer
UPPER HUNTER BEEF BONANZA
At the Upper Hunter Beef Bonanza in Scone NSW, Champion heavy middle heavyweight carcase went to a 522kg Angus steer, exhibited by Pymble Ladies College and bred by Knowla Angus. Dressing at 57.1% and with P8 fat of 13mm and rib fat of 8mm, the carcase had an EMA of 96sq cm
The Champion unled carcase was won by a 598kg Angus steer, exhibited by the Belltrees Public School. With an EMA of 107sq cm, the steer dressed st 58.8% and had a P8 fat of 12mm and rib of 7mm.
A 594kg Angus steer exhibited by Coolah Central School was awarded Reserve Heavyweight carcase and dressed at 57.3% and had P8 and rib fats of 10mm.
A 409kg Angus steers, exhibited by St Joseph’s High School, Aberdeen won Reserve Champion Lightweight carcase. The steer dressed out at 58.9% and had a P8 and rib fat of 7mm.
Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College exhibited the School Steer Challenge champion carcase with a 536kg Angus steer, that dressed at 56.3% with a P8 of 8mm and rib of 9mm.
MERRIWA SHOW FEEDBACK TRIAL
Angus steers also performed exceptionally well in the Merriwa Show Feedback Trial, where steers were fed for 91 days in the Alexander Downs Feedlot, judged on the hoof during the Merriwa Show and back to the feedlot for 20 days before being processed at the Woolworths Tamworth facility.
The overall Reserve Champion pen of steers, were three Angus exhibited by Coolie Angus, who were also awarded second place in the profitability section, averaging a return of $207 per head. As a pen the steers had an average daily weight gain of 2.14kg.
The overall highest scoring pen for profitability was awarded to Knowla Livestock, with their pen of three Angus steers returning a margin of $212 per head. The pen placed second overall for average daily weight gain putting on 2.28kgper day as a pen.
Knowla also bred and owned the animal with overall highest profitability of $307.
The Champion individual carcase went to a heavy weight Angus steer exhibited by Cam and Del Leggett.
Minnamurra Pastoral Company took out champion pen of three steers over the hook with their group of three Angus steers. While another pen of three Angus steers, exhibited by DL & MA Johnston & Sons won reserve champion pen over the hooks.
Feature Image: A team of three purebred Angus steers place second in the Borthwick Trophy at the Royal Melbourne Show
Bottom Image: Knowla Monkey, exhibited by Pymble Ladies College, won Champion heavy middle heavyweight carcase at the Upper Hunter Beef Bonanza