Following on from the success of the inaugural Limo Blockbuster Hoof and Hook Competition last year, the event is on again with entries closing on March 18.
According to one of the organisers, Geoff Haack, this competition offers both stud and commercial Limousin breeders the opportunity to judge their breeding programs against similar cattle finished under the same conditions and on the same rations.
“Participating Limousin breeders will gain valuable comparable feedback on such factors as daily weight gain, dressing percentage, EMA, finished meat quality with MSA scanning,” Mr Haack said.
“This year for the first time a most valuable added bonus of actual bone out yield or saleable meat yield will be available.”
“While prizes are an attraction, the real and lasting benefits for participants can be gleaned from the final assessments as compared with others within the competition.”
This year’s competition has been modified slightly with all entries to be backgrounded for 10 days prior to pen feeding. A minimum entry weight has been set at 270kgs and all cattle must be weaned at least two weeks prior.
The competition would be staged in three classes, the under 450kg lightweight; the 450 to 500kg medium weight; and the over 500kg heavy weight classes and feed for 100 days.
The cattle will leave Rodgers Creek Feedlot, on July 18, and judged on the hoof at the Bartholomew and Co Saleyards, Beaudesert.
After the judging they will be processed at Teys Australia, Beenleigh for processing and judged on the hook.
This year’s prize pool will increased from $12,600 on offer last year, plus a vendor’s prize of a registered polled Limousin Heifer.
In last year’s event 27 producers nominated 107 Limousin/Limousin cross steers and heifers. *For details contact Geoff Haack 0438 872613 or Garth Weatherall 0438 793100