FARMFEST, TOOWOOMBA QLD, JUNE 2017
South Devon cattle performed extremely well in the Cattleman’s Cup competition at Farmfest. Not only did Kildare Sassy 25 win the competition but Kildare Magic was also a finalist in the bull section.All 10 of the South Devon cattle scored high in the Super-Elite category – testament to the carcase qualities South Devons offer.
Kildare Sassy 25 won the prestigious Cattleman’s Cup against all breeds, bulls and females. This cup involves weighing and scanning, then calculations based on the figures plus age arrive at a Carcase Merit Index. Congratulations to Rick and Sue McDouall of Kildare Stud.
Congratulations to all the Exhibitors of South Devons at Farmfest, – Kildare, Jambili, Ashlea and Athlone studs. The cattle looked magnificent and the site was a wonderful display, attracting lots of visitors . Well done!
report from the world conference tour of South Africa
World Conference 2017 – South Africa
FARM WORLD field days, Lardner Park, Victoria April 2017
The South Devon site at Farm World had plenty of visitors recently from 30th March – 2nd April 2017 . On display for the 4 days was Brejayanne Titan, a lovely South Devon Bull owned by Brett & Gaylene Garratt and family from Allambie, Victoria. The Garratt family and Chris & Leonie Daley manned the stand and answered questions and enquiries about South Devons. It was a busy and worthwhile 4 days and lots of showbags were handed out. Next year it is hoped other South Devon breeders may also become involved so that we may have a larger display of South Devons for visitors to see . Stay tuned for further details.
2016 Lardner Park Grass Feed Steer Trial, Gippsland, Victoria
SOUTH DEVONS WIN AGAIN!
The 2016 Lardner Park Steer Trial was held from June until the end of November . There were several South Devons and South Devon crosses in the trial- Breejayanne South Devons, Garratt family with a pair of purebred South Devons, Winterwood South Devons, Peter Hutchinson with a pair of purebreds, Ken Hutchinson with a pair of South Devon X Angus steers, Chris Daley with a pair of purebreds, Phillip Johnston with a pair of South DevonXFriesianXAngus.
They competed against Red Poll, AngusXRedPoll, Red Angus, Speckle Park X Angus, Composite, CompositeXHerefordXAngus, Angus, AngusXGelbvieh, Herefords, Charolais XGelbviehX, Red Angus X Hereford, Poll Herefords, Simangus, Limflex, Belgian Blue XMurray Grey.
2 PUREBRED STEERS ENTERED BY PETER & NELLIE HUTCHINSON, WINTERWOOD SOUTH DEVONS HAVE SCOOPED THE POOL WINNING BOTH THE COMBINED WEIGHT GAIN AND CARCASE AWARD AS WELL AS THE HIGHEST WEIGHT GAIN PAIR AWARD.
Congratulations to Winterwood South Devons!
The steers averaged 1.44 kgs per day for weight gain and finished with a total of 234.1 points.
The Bend steers averaged the highest weight gain for a pair; gaining 1.62 kg per day on grass. The steers finished at 558 kg and 616 kg liveweight but were penalised 2 points per kg for being over the carcase weight specification of 210 – 285 kg. The heaviest of the pair had a carcase weight of 312 kg resulting in a 55 point penalty for that carcase and disqualification from the award.
A South Devon XFriesianXAngus Steer bred by Philip Johnston ( Johnston Farm) had the 2nd highest carcase score .
for the full results click on the link ….2016 Steer Trial Results booklet
ABOUT THE TRIAL
The objectives of the Steer Trial are to demonstrate the carcase requirements of the standard domestic trade market and to provide information on the growth and carcase quality of steers. It also aimed to assist beef producers to improve their understanding of live steer assessment, market requirements, steer growth and fattening relative to pasture production, and to provide a forum for discussion on aspects of the cattle industry.
All cattle started on the Lardner Park property on 20th June and will be weighed regularly with entrants able to view the cattle each weighing day. Cattle have to meet the following specifications for the standard domestic trade when they are turned off on 30th November 2016-
Hot Standard Carcase Weight – 210 – 285kg
Penalty points of 2 points per kg over or under the weight are imposed if cattle fall outside specifications for carcase weight. To be in contention for the Highest Weight Gain Pair both animals have to fall in the carcase weight specifications of 210 – 285 kgs.
Carcases will be judged at JBS Australia’s Brooklyn Processing Plant on behalf of Coles. The Meat Standards Australia (MSA) grading system will used to assess carcases in the competition. The measurements will then be converted to carcase points using an Australian Beef Carcase Appraisal System (ABCAS).