Santa Gertrudis cattle dominate Paddock to Palate phase one

2020 Paddock to Palate weigh gain challenge results revealed

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The Bassingthwaighte family, Yarrawonga, Wallumbilla, have won the Elanco Animal Health best weight gain for pen of six grain-fed steers (70 day).

The Bassingthwaighte family, Yarrawonga, Wallumbilla, have won the Elanco Animal Health best weight gain for pen of six grain-fed steers (70 day).

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The 2020 Paddock to Palate weigh gain challenge results have been revealed.

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The RNA Paddock to Palate competition may look a little different this year, but it has once again showcased some of the finest beef the industry has to offer.

Weight gain results of the prestigious competition presented by JBS Australia were announced on Wednesday, with Queensland beef producers taking a clean sweep of the first phase of competition and sharing in a total prize pool of almost $65,000.

The Bassingthwaighte family from Yarrawonga, Wallumbilla, were one of the most successful entrants, with their pens of six Santa Gertrudis cattle placing in each of the three classes they entered.

Yarrawonga took home first place in the 70 day trade class (Class 38), second in the 100 day Hormone Growth Promotant (HGP) free export class (Class 40), and third in the 100 day export class (Class 37).

Meanwhile, Gyranda Pastoral Company from Theodore also placed well with Santa Gertrudis cattle. Their pen of six won Class 40, with one of those cattle claiming the highest individual weight gain award in the class.

Entering Santa Gertrudis cattle into the competition also paid off for Jabinda Pastoral Company, Tambo, after their pen of six won Class 37, while Palgrove Pastoral Company, Dalveen, secured the highest individual weight gain award for Class 37 with one of their Charolais/Angus-cross beasts.

A Charolais/Angus-cross beast from Palgrove Pastoral Company, Dalveen, secured the highest individual weight gain award for Class 37.

A Charolais/Angus-cross beast from Palgrove Pastoral Company, Dalveen, secured the highest individual weight gain award for Class 37.

McIntyre Agriculture was also a standout entrant in the competition, winning the highest individual weight gain for Class 38 with one of their Angus cattle and placing second for their pen of six.

The St George-based company also entered Wagyu-cross cattle in the 2019/20 370 day Wagyu Challenge (Class 39), with their pens of six claiming second and third place.

However, it was Austpec Pastoral from Drillham who stole the show in Class 39, securing first place for their Wagyu-cross pen. One of those cattle scored the highest individual weight gain award.

RNA beef cattle committee chairman Gary Noller said it was pleasing to see 819 head of cattle entered in the competition this year.

"Our exhibitors suffered one of the worst droughts in Australian history last year, but many still held cattle over for our competition which is a real testament to not only their resilience but also to how valuable they see this competition in benchmarking their cattle," he said.

"The health and welfare of the cattle at both the Beef City (Classes 37,38 and 40) and Sapphire (Class 39) feedlots has been phenomenal, with the cattle gaining well across all four classes."

Results

Class 37 - Rabobank best weight gain for pen of six grain-fed steers (100 day)

  1. Jabinda Pastoral Company, Tambo - Santa Gertrudis-cross with ADG 2.856kg
  2. Juandah Grazing, Miles - Charbray with ADG 2.832kg
  3. D&AD Bassingthwaighte & Co, Wallumbilla - Santa Gertrudis with ADG 2.797kg

Class 37 - Australian Brahman Breeders Association highest individual weight gain

  1. Palgrove Pastoral Company, Dalveen - Charolais/Angus-cross with ADG 3.27kg

Class 38 - Elanco Animal Health best weight gain for pen of six grain-fed steers (70 day)

  1. D&AD Bassingthwaighte & Co, Wallumbilla - Santa Gertrudis-cross with ADG 3.263kg
  2. McIntyre Agriculture, St George - Angus with ADG 3.108kg
  3. Gyranda Pastoral Company, Theodore - Santa Gertrudis with ADG 3.038kg

Class 38 - Elanco Animal Health highest individual weight gain

  1. McIntyre Agriculture, St George - Angus with ADG 3.61kg

Class 39 (Wagyu Challenge) - Smithfield Cattle Co best weight gain for pen of six grain-fed steers (370 day)

  1. Austpec Pastoral, Drillham - Wagyu-cross with ADG 1.239kg
  2. McIntyre Agriculture, St George - Wagyu-cross with ADG 1.116kg
  3. McIntyre Agriculture, St George - Wagyu-cross with ADG 1.101kg

Class 39 (Wagyu Challenge) - Performance Feeds highest individual weight gain

  1. Austpec Pastoral, Drillham - Wagyu-cross with ADG 1.39kg

Class 40 - Rabobank best weight gain for pen of six grain-fed steers (100 day HGP free)

  1. Gyranda Pastoral Company, Theodore - Santa Gertrudis with ADG 2.419kg
  2. D&AD Bassingthwaighte & Co, Wallumbilla - Santa Gertrudis with ADG 2.337kg
  3. Jabinda Pastoral, Tambo - Santa Gertrudis with ADG 2.277kg

Class 40 - Highest individual weight gain

  1. Gyranda Pastoral Company, Theodore - Santa Gertrudis with ADG 3.26kg
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