Corey Evans has taken out the first stage of the Limousin Blockbuster hoof and hook beef competition.
It’s the first year the event has been held and Mr Evans from Kingaroy was awarded grand champion hoof exhibit after judging at Beaudesert Saleyards on Thursday.
His purebred 15-month-old, milk-tooth, Limousin steer weighted in at 482 kilograms after 100-days on feed at Rodgers Creek Feedlot near Warwick in Southern Queensland.
The grand champion Limousin steer was sired by the Evans family’s Jen-Daview King George Limousin bull and out of a commercial Limousin cow.
“The steer was the pick of our late season calves and he was at the correct weight to enter in this hoof and hook competition,” Mr Evans said.
“From memory the steers entered the feedlot in the heavier weight range of 320 kilograms.
“I’ve got to admit with a great line-up of prime cattle like this, it’s really just good luck to win.”
Corey Evans’ grand champion steer came up trumps amongst 107 Limousin and Limousin-cross entries in the competition.
“It’s the first year for this competition that has a purpose of highlighting feed efficiency, plus meat and bone out yield of Limousin cattle,” competition organiser Geoff Haack said.
The hoof and hook competition is now expected to be held each year.
“We’ve learnt a lot from holding this first competition and hope to increase entries to between 150 to 200 head next year.”
Judge of the Limousin Blockbuster competition’s hoof section was Grant Shedden, Casino, New South Wales who was very impressed with the standard of cattle.
“I was looking for cattle that would be high yielding with enough finish on them plus a good temperament,” Mr Shedden said.
“The Evans family’s grand champion steer stood out because of his solid top line, fullness, great shape, high yield and a nice cod as well.”
Mr Shedden has been a butcher for more than 40 years and owns a shop in Casino called Smith’s Butchery, plus also a Limousin beef cattle stud.
The reserve champion was awarded to Graeme Wicks’ purebred 594 kilogram milk-tooth Limousin steer.
“I sell a few bulls and I usually pick a couple of steers back from the commercial breeders who use my bulls, and this reserve champion is one of those steers,” Mr Wicks said.
Some of the competition cattle were sold by Bartholomew & Co at Beaudesert Saleyards while others, including the grand and reserve champion steers, were consigned to Teys Beenleigh for the hook section of Limousin Blockbuster competition.
Class 2 - Under 370kg
1st - George Massam, Biddaddaba via Canungra
2nd - Mountaindale, Beaudesert
Class 4 - 370kg to 470kg
1st - Kingaroy High School
2nd - G & R Hile
Class 6 - above 470kg
1st - Evans family, Jen-Daview Limousin
2nd - G & V Wicks, Hillsbourgh, Tingoora
Class 1 - under 370kg
1st - Allenview Park, Beaudesert
2nd - Josh Wellman, Casino, NSW
Class 3 - 370kg to 470kg
1st - Megan & Jason Livingstone, Maidenwell
2nd - Brad & Jodie Frohloff, Yarraman
Class 5 - above 470kg
1st - Peters family, Paradise Creek Pastoral, Laidley
2nd - Thompson Bros, Kingaroy