Queensland cattle shine in RNA paddock to palate competition

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Best Weight Gain for Pen of 6 Steers Winner Class 37A Exhibitor - Atkinson Pastoral Company PL

Queensland beef producers have dominated the first phase of the prestigious RNA Paddock to Palate Competition, presented by Mort and Co, and the 2016/17 Paddock to Palate Wagyu Challenge at an awards presentation held in Dalby this morning.

Atkinson Pastoral Company from Hughenden and Gyranda Pastoral Company from Theodore won Class 37 and Class 38 respectively while Stanbroke Beef from Gatton claimed the inaugural Class 39 Wagyu Challenge, to share in almost $60,000 prize pool.

Rob Atkinson from Atkinson Pastoral Company. Photo by RNA

There were almost 800 head of prime beef cattle entered in the Paddock to Palate Competition, which is the nation’s richest beef competition of its kind.

The Paddock to Palate competition is a three-phased competition comprising best aggregate weight gain over 100 days (70 days for trade); a carcass competition and an MSA eating quality competition, with the exhibitor who polls the highest aggregate score across the three categories awarded the overall prize.

Peter Mahony (right) from Gyranda Pastoral Company. Photo by RNA.

The Paddock to Palate Wagyu challenge is a four-phased competition comprising best aggregate weight gain; a carcass competition; carcass value and finishing in a beef taste off – a palate competition where a portion of striploin is cooked and judged.

Atkinson Pastoral Company’s pen of six Angus Droughtmaster X won the 100-day Class 37 with an Average Daily Gain (ADG) of 3.117kg, while they also claimed second place with another one of their pens recording an ADG of 3.026kg.

Gyranda Pastoral Company from Theodore steaked its claim in the 70 day Class 38, with their pen of beefed up Santa Gertrudis X tipping the scales with an ADG of 3.07kg.

David Bassingthwaighte and family didn’t go home empty handed, winning Class 37’s highest individual weight gain for the second year in a row with one of their Santa Gertrudis which had an ADG of 3.62kg, while Atkinson Pastoral Company raked in another award, winning the highest individual weight gain for Class 38 with its Angus Droughtmaster X which had an ADG of 3.94kg.

Highest Individual Weight Gain Winner Class 37A Exhibitor – Mr David Bassingthwaighte and Family with this Santa Gertrudis. Photo by RNA

Meanwhile in the 330 day 2016/17 Paddock to Palate Wagyu Challenge, Stanbroke Beef from Gatton became the very first winner of Class 39, sharing in the $10,000 prize pool, with their pen of six F1 Wagyu cattle recording an ADG of 1.370kg.

They also took out Class 39’s highest individual weight gain award with one of their F1 Wagyu weighing in with an ADG of 1.547kg.

RNA beef cattle committee chairman Gary Noller said the Paddock to Palate Competition had been bringing together the nation’s top cattle producers for 20 years.

“The competition provides an opportunity for producers to benchmark their genetics and property management practices against like-minded beef cattle producers,” Mr Noller said.

“The high quality of genetics entered into the competition this year presented average daily gains higher than normal feedlot conditions, so we’re pleased with the results.”

Both the Paddock to Palate Competition and Wagyu Challenge now move on from weight gain into the second phase, a carcass competition.

The exhibitors who poll the highest aggregate score across all categories in both competitions are then awarded the overall prize, to be announced on the first day of the Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) at a special awards presentation breakfast.

Best Weight Gain for Pen of 6 Steers Winner Class 38A Exhibitor – Gyranda Pastoral Company. Photo by RNA.

Proud sponsors for the 2017 competition include Mort & Co; JBS Australia; Zoetis; Elanco Animal Health; Rabobank; Grant Daniel & Long; Virbac; Performance Feeds Pty Ltd; Thompson Longhorn; Super Butcher; Queensland Country Life; Black Truck Sales; Zee Tags and the Australian Wagyu Association.

Highest Individual Weight Gain Winner Class 38A Exhibitor – Atkinson Pastoral Company. Photo by RNA.

Results

Class 37 –  Rabobank Best Weight Gain for Pen of Six Grain-Fed Steers (100 Day)

1st – Atkinson Pastoral Company PL – Angus Droughtmaster X – ADG 3.117 – Hughenden QLD

2nd – Atkinson Pastoral Company PL – Angus Droughtmaster X – ADG 3.026 – Hughenden QLD

3rd – Gyranda Pastoral Company – Santa Gertrudis – ADG 2.982 – Theodore QLD

Class 37 – Black Truck Sales Highest Individual Weight Gain

1st – David Bassingthwaighte and Family – Santa Gertrudis – ADG 3.62 – Mungallala QLD

Class 38 – Elanco Animal Health Best Weight Gain for Pen of Six Grain-Fed Steers (70 Day)

1st – Gyranda Pastoral Company – Santa Gertrudis X – ADG 3.07 – Theodore QLD

2nd – Yulgilbar Pastoral Company – Santa Gertrudis – ADG 2.90 – Baryulgil NSW

3rd – Yulgilbar Pastoral Company – Santa Angus X – ADG 2.86 – Baryulgil NSW

Class 38 – Elanco Animal Health Highest Individual Weight Gain

1st – Atkinson Pastoral Company PL – Angus Droughtmaster X – ADG 3.94 – Hughenden QLD

Class 39 (Wagyu Challenge) – Best Weight Gain for Pen of Six Grain-Fed Wagyu Steers

1st – Stanbroke Beef – F1 – ADG 1.370 – Gatton QLD

2nd – Wentworth Cattle Co – F2+ – ADG 1.230 – Clermont QLD

3rd – Bristow Hughes – Brahman X F1 – ADG 1.167 – Clermont QLD

Class 39 (Wagyu Challenge) – Performance Feeds Highest Individual Weight Gain

1st – Stanbroke Beef – F1 – ADG 1.547 – Gatton QLD

Highest Individual Weight Gain Winner Class 39A Exhibitor – Stanbroke Beef. Photo by RNA.

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