ALMOST 1000 head of cattle were entered in the 2018 RNA Paddock to Palate Competition, with results announced at a breakfast during the Royal Queensland Show today.
It was the 21st year of the contest, and with a prize pool of almost $46,000 it has been dubbed Australia’s richest beef competition.
The competition follows both domestic, 70-day fed cattle (Class 38) and export, 100-day grain fed cattle (Class 37) through the beef supply chain.
The three phased competition includes a feedlot competition for the best aggregate weight gain, a carcase competition and eating quality.
For the second year, a Wagyu challenge was also included in the line up.
Cattle from across Queensland and New South Wales were entered in the contest, which was sponsored by Mort and Co.
In the 100 day export category (Class 37) Palgrove Pastoral Company took out the major prize of the Sturrock Trophy for RNA and Mort & Cos Paddock to Palate Overall winner.
R and K Lamoureux came second with their Simmental/Santa/Angus-cross beast, with David and Penny Sullivan, Riverglen Pastoral Company, Glenmorgan, coming third overall in Class 37 for their Charolais-cross.
For the 70-day trade class (Class 38) David Crombie of Mountside, Warwick, took out the Ken Crotty OAM Trophy for RNA and JBS Australia Paddock to Palate Overall Winner.