Congratulations to the Johnson family who exhibited the champion heavy domestic carcase at Royal Melbourne show. Sire: Lynbarry Superfluous, Dam: Lynbarry Annlex, 87.990 points.
Merle Hipwell with some of Almora's winning steers.
Once, twice, three times a winner
Hipwell and Halliday's Almora Red Poll Stud in northern Victoria almost brought off a remarkable clean sweep in the two classes of the 2005 Elmore Beef Expo carcase competition.
Almora entered five steers in the two classes of the competition and came away with five of the six placings on offer.
The stud, run by Merle Hipwell and nephew Greg Halliday with Merle's sister Olive as book-keeper, came first, second and third on the hoof and on the hook in the 221kg to 260kg dressed weight class. The stud's remaining two steers, entered in the 180kg to 220kg class, came second and third in the carcase section.
"I thought it was pretty good," Merle Hipwell told us, "because they looked beautiful steers. They were the best we've seen for some while, our steers."
Almora runs around 90 breeders and is not new to carcase competition victories. "Over the years we've always had some success in carcase competitions, not for a few years, but down in the Melbourne show mainly."
Unfortunately, detailed results of the Elmore Beef Expo carcase competition have been lost, according to organisers of the expo. But the Hipwell and Halliday partnership should have no problem remembering this remarkable victory for many years to come.RED POLL BEEF ANNUAL 2006
The little bloke pictured at right is proof positive of the fact Red Poll cattle are ideal for use in all kinds of crossbreeding operations.
Bred by Ian and Jill Coghlan's Eurimbla stud (the first calf from a heifer bred by embryo transfer), the Angus-Red Poll cross steer came third in the heavy domestic category of the 2005 Royal Melbourne Show Carcase Competition.
The steer, IJC Underbar, pictured at six months of age last November, was on loan to St Paul's College, Walla Walla (40km north of Albury), which entered him in the competition. Underbar scored extremely well, with a P8 of 10mm and eye muscle area of 84 sq cm.
He was less than two points shy of the Champion Heavyweight Domestic Carcase and less than half a point behind the second-placed beast.
Interestingly, all three place-getters were first cross animals.RED POLL BEEF ANNUAL 2006
|Breed averages||Points Range||No. of steers|
|Red Poll||60-80, ave. 69.16||12 steers|
|Angus||45-80, ave. 64.57||19|
|Poll Hereford||38-78 ave, 62.26||19|
|Murray Grey||49-81 ave, 66.69||23|
|Shorthorn||44-77 ave, 63.60||15|
|Red Angus||48-73 ave, 63.36||11|
It is most interesting to note that Red Polls very rarely have really low scoring carcases, always consistent.
Peter Wilson said "We were ecstatic about the O'Conner Cup result", our win in the O'Conner stopped the Shorthorns getting three in a row and claiming the Trophy. A breed needs 3 wins in succession or 5 wins total to win the cup. We now have 3 wins ( since 1995) two more to win it outright!
2003 was the Silver Anniversary of the Whittlesea Society's Beef Hoof and Hook Competition. There were 47 entries and the carcases were judged after slaughter at Belandra Abattoirs at Altona before being purchased by GJ Coles. Carcases were then analysed for the same range of characteristics as used at Melbourne RAS, so assessment of Market Specifications (15 points), Saleable Meat Yield (40 points) and Eating Quality (45 points) were carried out. Of the two Classes - Light Domestic (160-220 Kg HS Carcase Weight) and Heavy Domestic - (221-260 Kg ), the Light Domestic providing the highest scoring beasts.
A steer entered by Barry and Lynette Johnson, of Kinglake Central was declared the Grand Champion Carcase for 2003 and Winner of the Bruce Lloyd Memorial Shield and $500. The pure-bred Red Poll steer, sired by Lynbarry Superfluous, scored 91.3 out of a possible 100 points and scored three points higher than the Grand Champion Steer at the Melbourne Show.
|CARCASE RESULTS MELBOURNE 2001|
|Champion Carcase Domestic &
Grand Champion Carcase
|Red Cactus Stud||Northern Melbourne Institute of Tafe|
|CARCASE RESULTS ADELAIDE 2001|
|Champion Domestic Steer||#33 Red Poll||R M Wilson & Son|
|Reserve Champion Domestic Steer||#45 Red Poll||Burra Community School|
|3rd Place Domestic Steer||#56 Red Poll||Eastern Fleurieu School|
|4th Place (equal) Domestic Steer||#25 Red Poll||Moyle Park Red Poll Stud|
After taking 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and equal 4th place at Adelaide show this year in a field of 45 entries, Red Poll has again taken 1st prize at Royal Melbourne show.
Winning the Grand Champion Carcase Competition at the 2001 Melbourne Show was a real thrill for Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT). Top honors were received with a locally bred Red Poll Steer prepared by one of NMIT's students.
Nicknamed "Cactus" by his handler, Hannah Horman, the red steer amassed an impressive 89.3 points for its meat quality, placing it ahead of 90 other entries.
Hannah Horman, who is completing her first year of a Diploma of Agriculture at the Yan Yean based TAFE farm, was pleased with the win.
"We knew Cactus had a fantastic eye muscle area, as NMIT scans all its steers in the weeks leading up to the Show. We didn't do so well in the ring, but it's the carcase results that really matter," said Hannah.
NMIT has an enviable reputation in the Melbourne competition, which requires competitors to parade cattle in the show ring for judging, before the animals are slaughtered for carcase assessment.
The award is particularly satisfying for Arthurs Creek Red Poll breeder, Ross Draper, who's Red Cactus Stud has been a long time supporter of the TAFE agriculture program. Mr Draper, who also runs a livestock transport business, delivered all of the Institute's 12 steers to the show grounds for judging.
The winning steer had been in the school's feedlot for nine weeks, weighed 448kg live, and dressed out at 58.3 per cent for a carcase weight of 261kg. It earned full marks for P8 fat (7mm), fat colour, meat pH and meat colour.
NMIT also received a boost to its own cattle breeding program, taking out the award for highest scoring carcase bred and prepared by a school. The 14-month-old Angus steer "Ringo" was bred at Institute's Yan Yean farm, sired by Gunbar bull, Tennyson.
In addition to steers selected from NMIT's own Angus herd, several local producers enter animals in the NMIT program, to see how they perform as a carcase. Steers are fed a high growth ration and weighed regularly to maximise meat production.
The Melbourne Show competition is a highlight in the school calendar for NMIT students. Students select an animal to feed and train over many months, as part of their agriculture qualification.
Most students agree that the worst part of the competition is seeing their animals loaded onto trucks for their journey to the abattoir. This year a "Save Eimo" campaign was being hatched by some students for one particularly friendly animal.
For further information about NMIT courses phone 03-9269 1042.
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