DROUGHTIES SHINE AT 2019 GYMPIE CARCASS CLASSIC
The inaugural Gympie Carcass Classic was held in 1987 to educate beef producers in changing consumer trends, meeting target market specifications and the industry trend towards grain finishing beef.
This year’s competition saw a record number of 179 steers and heifers entered with Droughtmasters making up 41 of those entries.
The steers and heifers were fed at the Waterfall Feedlot at Goomeri from early May. Last Friday night the winners of the many classes were announced with Droughtmasters demonstrating and proving their beef producing capabilities.
Overall the 16 purebred exhibits performed extremely well compared against the overall competition results (given in brackets) with a weight gain % of 1.73kg/day (1.73kg/day), a dressing % of 55.17% (54.97%) and an average carcass points score of 64.69 (63 points). The combined 41 DM and DMX results were also notable with a weight gain of 1.7kg/day, dressing % of 55.14 and carcass score of 62.78 points.
Andrew Haack Westonvale Grazing Glastonbury celebrated success by taking out the Most Successful Exhibitor Award.
Andrew’s purebred entry steer #77 (feedlot photo supplied) won the highest dressing % (dressing out at 62.46%) & the Highest Point Droughtmaster Award sponsored by Topline Stud.
In that same class, Brian & Lyn Thompson placed 3rd with a purebred Droughtmaster heifer @ 60% and in 5th place, Andrew Haack’s purebred Droughtmaster heifer dressed at 59.68%.
Best Aggregate of 3 carcasses – tie for 3rd was Andrew Haack with entries #77, 78, 76.
Andrew’s results saw him place 4th in The Charlie Cotter All Rounder Award, with entry #77 total of 293.247 points not far behind the overall winning entry on 299.893 points.
Brian & Lyn Thompson from Topline Droughtmasters tied for 4th in the Most Suitable Carcass for the Domestic Market – with entry #141.
The competition attributes its success to the educational nature and knowledge transfer as it also involves live cattle and carcass assessment competitions where entrants need not be exhibitors.
Congratulations to all who participated in this year’s Classic.
(Sincere thanks to Colleen Fricke for supplying the information)