Forging ahead with CQ carcase comps

Carcase competitions see strong nominations

Beef
The Callide Dawson and CQ carcase competitions have seen strong nominations and will forge ahead despite coronavirus. Both committees will make decisions about presentation dinners in the months ahead.

The Callide Dawson and CQ carcase competitions have seen strong nominations and will forge ahead despite coronavirus. Both committees will make decisions about presentation dinners in the months ahead.

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The Callide Dawson and CQ carcase competitions have seen strong nominations and will forge ahead despite coronavirus.

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While many agricultural show societies have had to cancel their events in response to coronavirus, most carcase competitions are forging ahead.

The Callide Dawson Beef Carcase Competition saw 294 head of cattle go onto feed at Warnoah Feedlot, Moura, on February 28, with president Beau Surawski saying they are progressing well.

"We've got all breeds represented and crossbreds as well, so they're probably every shape, colour and size," Mr Surawski said.

"The weather has been good for feedlotting the last month, and they'll start hitting their straps from now on.

"We're still going ahead with our grass-fed and grain-assisted component, with nominations opening at the beginning of May."

The Central Queensland Carcase Classic is also going ahead unchanged, with president Carlie Ward saying they had received solid numbers of cattle in the 100 day grain-fed feed-on class, which went onto feed at Barmount Feedlot, Clarke Creek, in mid-March.

She said they are still accepting nominations for grass-fed, grain-fed and led steer hoof and hook classes. Entries close on May 4.

The Gympie Carcass Classic committee announced at the end of March that their 2020 event was cancelled.

Co-ordinator Hayden Pratt said due to the rapidly-evolving nature of COVID-19, "forward planning for the Carcass Classic is a totally unknown factor".

With induction still several weeks away on April 28, the committee felt it was in the interest of public safety to wait until 2021.

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