Gympie Carcass Classic celebrates 30 years

Beef Driving Ahead: Gympie Carcass Classic celebrates 30 years

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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.

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Dan Sullivan, Sullivan Livestock, Gympie, and Jan Cotter, Sexton, present the Charlie Cotter All Rounder award to Doug and Hayden Pratt, Chatsworth at the 2016 Gympie Carcass Classic competition.

Dan Sullivan, Sullivan Livestock, Gympie, and Jan Cotter, Sexton, present the Charlie Cotter All Rounder award to Doug and Hayden Pratt, Chatsworth at the 2016 Gympie Carcass Classic competition.

The first Gympie Carcass Classic was held in 1987 to educate graziers in changing consumer trends, meeting target market specifications and the industry trend towards grain finishing beef.

Thirty years on, educating producers is still the aim of the game for the competition. The 2016 Gympie Carcass Classic saw the innovative introduction of a backgrounding phase, which led to a marked improvement cattle performance and herd health.

The committee will again offer a backgrounding period before entry to the feedlot during the competition.

Followers have dubbed the competition as possibly being Australia’s most even playing field for a Carcass Competition.

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The 2017 Carcass Classic will consist of five weeks backgrounding, followed by a feedlotting period of 85 days, after which the cattle are processed and judged at Nolan Meats. 

The competition will include three field days along with an interactive forum and celebration dinner to close out the competition. With a total prize pool worth over $20,000 your nominations are encouraged. 

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The sequence of events is a follows:

Friday, February 17, 2017: Nominations close

Tuesday, March 21, 2017: Induction day at Woolooga Saleyards

Wednesday, April 26, 2017: Cattle transported to Cheshire’s Feedlot, Windera

Tuesday, June 13, 2017: Mid Weigh Field Day at Cheshire’s Feedlot, Windera

Friday, July 21, 2017: Final Weigh Field Day at Gympie Saleyards

Friday, July 28, 2017: Interactive Forum and Celebration Dinner at Gunabul Homestead, Gympie.

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For further information regarding the Gympie Carcass Classic please email gympiecarcassclassic@outlook.com, check out the Facebook page, contact Mick Senini on 0400 749 288 or Kate Power on 0418 334 358.

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