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5 July, 2021

Beef City hosts phase one of Paddock to Palate

JBS Beef City feedlot played host to the weight gain phase of the RNA’s prestigious Paddock to Palate Competition last week.

Cattle from across Queensland and New South Wales travelled to Beef City for judging in the Paddock to Palate Competition.

The Palgrove Pastoral Company from Dalveen on the Granite Belt took home three first place awards, sharing in the total prize pool of more than $54,000. 

The Russell Pastoral Operations from Kenmore was also a standout in the competition, claiming the highest individual weight gain for Class 37 with one of their Angus cross cattle (ADG 3.310kg). 

The Wentworth Cattle Company from Clermont in central Queensland almost took a clean sweep of the Wagyu Challenge.

RNA Beef Committee Chair Gary Noller said a total of 728 head of cattle were entered in the competition this year, slightly down on last year. 

“This year we’ve seen the effects of the drought over the past two and a half years, with our commercial and long-term exhibitors unable to enter as many cattle,” Mr Noller said.

 “We also saw new exhibitors enter, as they recognise the benefits in being able to use the results data to promote their seedstock enterprises if they do well.

“Despite the wet and cold conditions this year, cattle health was good and they gained well, especially in Class 38, with more beasts over the three kilograms per day gain.” 

The Paddock to Palate Competition presented by JBS has now moved into the second phase which is carcass judging. 

Competition classes 37, 38 and 40 are three phased comprising best aggregate weight gain, carcass and MSA eating quality, while the Wagyu Challenge is four phased finishing in a beef taste off judged by some of the state’s top chefs.

The exhibitors who poll the highest aggregate scores across all phases of the four classes will be awarded the overall prizes at the Paddock to Palate and Beef Industry Dinner presented by JBS Australia on Wednesday 4 August at the Brisbane Showgrounds.

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