Trials target carcase quality

Feedlot trials at Warwick target carcase quality

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Cattle in the MSA feedlot trials.

Cattle in the MSA feedlot trials.

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DROUGHT and flood haven't deterred Queensland and NSW beef producers from seeking improved carcase quality, with almost 160 cattle currently involved in feedlot trials at Warwick.

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DROUGHT and flood haven't deterred Queensland and NSW beef producers from seeking improved carcase quality, with almost 160 cattle currently involved in feedlot trials at Warwick. 

The Meat Standards Australia  Performance feedback trials are part of the Primex Field Days' Livestock Essentials Congress.

They began in early February and winners will be announced at the Red Meat Gala Awards Dinner at Primex on May 17.

About 15 producers headed to Bfeeders Feed Lot, Rodgers Creek on Wednesday to inspect the cattle and get a midway update on the trials. 

Primex Director Bruce Wright said the MSA trials had attracted nominations from as far north as Charters Towers and south to Narrabri.

"These trials certainly fit within the Primex pillars of education and innovation, which is a key focus of our strategy going forward,' he said.

"The whole idea is to work with key industry organisations, such as MSA and Meat and Livestock Australia, to generate data that gives these producers insight into where they are as far as the quality of their carcase and identifies the areas where they may need to improve that quality and therefore production, return on investment, etc.

"There are a range of trials available to producers and what we have tried to do is keep it as commercially orientated to day-to-day work.

"So the fundamentals are about having a practical feedback trial that producers are wanting to be involved in.""

Producers involved in the feedback trials, being held at the Bfeeders Feed Lot, Rodgers Creek, Warwick, were able to inspect the cattle on Wednesday for a mid-term update. 

Mr Wright said the beef industry remained 'a massive part' of the Norco Primex Field Days, to be held at Casino, northern NSW, from May 16-18.

"Beef remains a cornerstone of the event," he said.

"It always has been and it is the reason the beef component of Primex is respected and attracts cattle exhibitors from as far away as South Australia."

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