CAC exhibits grand champion steer

28 Oct, 2013 01:00 AM
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The champion extra heavyweight and grand champion exhibit was this Gelbvieh-Simmental cross steer exhibited by Catholic Agricultural College, Bindoon, with judges Grant Brooks (left), Dandaragan and Michael Princi, M & M Princi Butchers, North Perth and CAC farm manager Kevin Marshall.
The champion extra heavyweight and grand champion exhibit was this Gelbvieh-Simmental cross steer exhibited by Catholic Agricultural College, Bindoon, with judges Grant Brooks (left), Dandaragan and Michael Princi, M & M Princi Butchers, North Perth and CAC farm manager Kevin Marshall.

Catholic Agricultural College, Bindoon, repeated its performance from 2011 to take out the grand champion steer award at the 63rd Bindoon & Districts Show last week.

Its 475kg Gelbvieh-Simmental cross steer had first been judged champion extra heavyweight exhibit under the expert eye of Grant Brooks, Dandaragan and Michael Princi, M & M Princi Butchers, North Perth.

The steer went on to sell under the hammer of Landmark auctioneer Greg Neaves for the sale top price of $1250 ($2.63c/kg) to regular top price buyer Alan Thornton, TC Williamson & Co, Wickepin.

Mr Princi said the steer had outstanding thickness throughout with an exceptional hindquarter and shoulder and he estimated it to have ideal finish of about 8mm fat.

"The heavyweight champion was also an excellent animal but this steer has reached full potential to eclipse it on the day," he said.

Grant Brooks, who has been judging at Bindoon for several years, said the top cattle were of the highest quality and as good as he had seen at the event.

"The champions and others are showing the benefit of a good finish to the season and quality breeding," he said.

CAC also showed the champion heavyweight and reserve champion heavyweight exhibits with new-season milk fed Shorthorn-Simmental cross steers run off their mothers that morning.

The champion weighed 341kg and sold for $920 ($2.70c/kg) to regular supporter of the Bindoon Show trade sale Raff Barbaro, Barbaro Bros Quality Butchers, Greenwood.

The 326kg reserve champion sold for $900 ($2.76c/kg) to another sale regular in Bindoon local Peter Osborn.

It capped off a stellar showing season for CAC, which also exhibited the grand champion carcase at the recent IGA Perth Royal Show with a purebred Shorthorn steer.

CAC farm manager Kevin Marshall said it was great recognition for the college which bred and fed all its own cattle from a herd of 60 commercial breeders, 20 Shorthorn stud females and 15 Simmental stud females.

"We manage our breeding programs, grow our own cereal grains and hay and then it's up to the hard work of the cattle club students who prepare the animals for show," Mr Marshall said.

The feeding regime usually comprised a small daily ration based on oats, wheat, hay and lupins for up to 120 days with ad-lib feeding in the last few weeks before competition.

With 31 cattle on show from eight exhibitors it was local Bindoon producers who dominated taking out all championship ribbons.

Mathew Preston, MJ Preston, Bindoon, exhibited the reserve champion extra heavyweight, a 442kg Red Angus cross steer which sold for $1040 ($2.35c/kg) to another regular sale buyer EH Sprigg, Dalwallinu.

David and Winsome Kelly, D & WD Kelly, Bindoon, made their debut trade cattle showing a memorable one, taking out the champion and reserve champion mediumweight awards with Angus steer vealers selected from their herd of 120 breeders.

Their 318kg champion sold for $820 ($2.58c/kg) to Peter Osborn while the 302kg reserve champion made $720 ($2.38c/kg) bid by Adam Martinovich, Bindoon.

The trade cattle auction following the judging saw 29 of the 31 cattle sell for a gross of $22,455 at an average of $774 a head bought by commercial butchers and members of the public looking for quality meat to fill their freezers.

Volume buyers included Barbaro Bros Quality Butchers which finished with five head to a top price of $920, M & M Princi bought five to $830, EH Sprigg, three to $1040, Peter Osborn, three to $900 and Borrello Beef, three to $920.

Major sponsors of the trade cattle section were Gingin Meat Works which provided NLIS scanning services and free kill to members of the public and Ward's Transport which provided free transport of cattle to Gingin Meatworks.

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