Whilst there were no championship ribbons for the Shorthorn steers at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show carcass judging, but there was something perhaps more remarkable that was evident in the carcass feedback sheets.
There were 13 Shorthorn entries in this year’s carcass competition at the show, yet despite the number of entries, the Shorthorn steers were awarded 1 Gold medal, 4 Silver medals and 4 Bronze medals, a total of 9 medals from 13 head, based on the carcass quality of the entries.
In total, the 13 Shorthorn steers averaged an impressive 82.7 points from a possible 100. This is a tremendous display of consistency for any breed and represents a key profit driver for the Australian beef industry.
The highest points were awarded to an entry from Marschay Shorthorns, which attracted the Gold Medal in the 430 – 459 kg live weight class with a total score of 91 points from 100. Exhibited by Hurlstone Agricultural High School, the entry was a son of Marschay Holmes.
List of medal winners
|401-429 KG||Dunbeacon Shorthorns||Hurlstone Agricultural High School||Silver|
|401-429 KG||D & K Dejong||Calrossy Anglican School||Bronze|
|430-459 KG||Wollongabba Shorthorns||Calrossy Anglican School||Silver|
|430-459 KG||Royalla Shorthorns||Hurlstone Agricultural High School||Silver|
|430-459 KG||Marschay Shorthorns||Hurlstone Agricultural High School||Gold|
|430-459 KG||Blackjack Shorthorns||Yanco Agricultural High School||Bronze|
|481-500 KG||Lambell Family||Coonamble High School BAC||Bronze|
|501-529 KG||Royalla Shorthorns||David Parish||Silver|
|561-1000 KG||T & L Bennett||Yanco Agricultural High School||Bronze|
The Marschay steer scored maximum points for both P8 fat depth and colour, was graded a B muscle steer who scored maximum points for ribeye area and rib fat depth, PH and meat colour. He also scored 9/10 points for his ossification level.
Whilst the breed may not have picked up any championship ribbons this year, the breeders can afford to be very proud of the consistency of the carcass quality of the exhibits. The competition has certainly been a tremendous example of the Shorthorn breeds ability to continue to meet the market requirements for premium, high eating quality beef.
Congratulations to all breeders and exhibitors on an outstanding performance.