10 May, 2021
Producers win gold in Wagyu Branded Beef competition
Jondaryan’s Stockyard Beef and Toowoomba-based Mort & Co have come away with several gold, silver and bronze medals in the Australian Wagyu Association 2021 Wagyu Branded Beef Competition held at the Gold Coast.
Stockyard Beef, which is owned by the Hart family and runs the Kerwee Feedlot, is a regular medal winner at the annual industry awards.
In the 2021 competition, the company’s Stockyard Silver product won gold in the Commercial Wagyu Steak MS 5-7 class with judges commending it’s “incredible tenderness and fine texture” as well as strong beef flavour.
Stockyard Beef also took home two silver medals for Kiwami in the Fullblood Japanese Black Steak class and Stockyard Black in the Open Crossbred Wagyu Steak class.
Toowoomba’s Mort & Co, which has feedlots at Grassdale and Pinegrove walked away with a gold for their Master Selection product and two silver medals and a bronze.
The competition was judged across three classes – Fullblood, Crossbred and Commercial and is based on five criteria - visual appeal (raw and cooked), juiciness, flavour, aroma and the physical sensation in your mouth.
A total of 36 entries from across the country vied for the Grand Champion prize which went to Stone Axe by Stone Axe Pastoral Company.
This year, marked the 10th Wagyu Branded Beef Competition since its inception in 2012.
The judging process was overseen by Chief Judge Pete Lewis and Chief Steward, Ron Fitzgerald, with a panel of 18 judges from across the industry and affiliated industries.
“I would like to thank the Australian Wagyu Brands for the continued, growing support they are showing for the Wagyu Branded Beef Competition,” he said.
“I count it a rare privilege to be in a room where so many extremely high quality steaks are displayed together, representing the best beef Australia has to offer. It is great to see the depth and quality of the Australian Wagyu industry being demonstrated in the entries.”
The Wagyu Branded Beef Competition results booklet is available here: www.wagyu.org.au/wbbc