Beef carcase champ stands out at Geelong

Grand champion carcase, medium yearling class carcase winner and reverse hoof champion, Gill Elvers, Mount MoriacA LIMOUSIN Angus-cross, which was pushing almost the absolute maximum on the percentile range, has clinched the grand champion’s ribbon in the 26th Royal Geelong Show beef carcase competition judged at the MC Herd Abattoirs last week.

Competing against 56 other entries and 31 in its medium, yearling 201 to 250kg carcase class, the 351.5kg live B-muscled steer amassed 90 points from a possible 100 points after weighing 217.2kg hot standard carcase weight to return a 60.8 per cent dressing yield.

Entered by past serial winner, Gill Elwes, Mt Moriac, the judge’s ultimate choice accrued maximum points for P8 fat cover, rib-eye muscle and pH plus near-perfect scores for fat colour and marbling.

The zero-tooth steer was also given the judge’s nod as Reserve champion in the earlier judged hoof competition.

Carcase judge, Jeff Walker, said the difficult growing season especially the poor September weather had its effects on overall presentation quality.

Carcases were darker in colour than would normally be expected which was a feed-related issue he said.

Mr Walker said a revised system of judging was used for the first time to assess the entries.

The new system was the equivalent of a full Ausmeat assessment (excepting for ossification) which meant that carcases scoring 90 points under the new criteria was similar to gaining a point score of 93-94 points under the old judging system.

He said the championship winner with its 90 points score would have performed extremely well in any competition anytime.

The reserve champion carcase was award to WK Richardson family, also of Mt Moriac, which was the judge’s second choice in the medium yearling classes.

Kay Smith, Wurdiboluc, with a pure Limousin steer entry, won the blue ribbon award in the heavy yearling class for carcases weighing 251-250kg while Nick Elwes, Moriac with a Limousin Angus steers was first-placed in the light yearling class for carcase, 160- 200kg.

The live judges’ grand champion award in the hoof competition was won by a Limousin Murray Grey-cross heifer exhibited by Shinae Vredenbregt of Geelong.

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