SOME of the best prime cattle in Australia will be on show at the Nutrien Livestock Commercial Cattle Competition to be held at CQLX Gracemere.
Competition committee chairman Mark Howard said it provided producers with a unique opportunity to benchmark their cattle against the best in the country.
"It's also a great opportunity to gather feedback from experienced judges and identify areas where they can continue to improve to ensure our industry remains productive and profitable," Mr Howard said.
More than 910 grain-fed and 780 grass-fed cattle are set to be judged.
Judging of the commercial competition starts at 9am on Sunday, May 2, with the Young Commercial Judges Competition running from 1-4pm.
The official opening of the sale and announcement of champions kicks off at 8am on Monday, May 3. Then the real action begins with the sale of champions and feature sale from 8.30am.
The celebratory awards presentation dinner starts at 6.30pm.
There are six classes in both the grain-fed and grass-fed categories.
1. Pen of 10 export steers 560-650kg, max two teeth, minimum 100 days grain.
2. Pen of 10 export steers 640-760kg, max four teeth, minimum 100 days grain.
3. Pen of 10 heavy trade steers 520-600kg, max two teeth, minimum 70 days grain.
4. Pen of 10 light trade steers 430-520kg, max two teeth, minimum 70 days grain.
5. Pen of 10 heavy trade heifers 500-640kg, max two teeth, minimum 70 days grain.
6. Pen of 12 light trade heifers 420-520kg, milk tooth, minimum 70 days grain.
7. Pen of 10 export steers 560-650kg, max two teeth.
8. Pen of 10 export steers 640-760kg, max four teeth.
9. Pen of 10 steers (HGP free or EU) 520-760kg, max four teeth.
10. Pen of 10 trade steers 450-560kg, max two teeth.
11. Pen of 10 export heifers 500-760kg, max four teeth.
12. Pen of 12 trade heifers 420-520kg, max two teeth, suitable.
Major awards will be made for the grand champion pen, the most successful exhibitor, and the most successful feedlot.