University dominates Perth Royal led steer event

30 Sep, 2008 07:27 AM
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The smiles say it all. The happy Murdoch University team with their supreme champion led steer exhibited at this year's Perth Royal Show.
The smiles say it all. The happy Murdoch University team with their supreme champion led steer exhibited at this year's Perth Royal Show.

THERE could not have been a more dominant display of cattle showing than that put on by Murdoch University at this year's Perth Royal Show led steer and heifer competition.

The university won every champion ribbon on offer and all but one of the reserve champion ribbons.

One exhibitor having so much success has never been achieved in the led competition at the show, and it probably won't ever happen again.

It was a forgone conclusion that the university would win the grand champion ribbon, it was just a case of with which exhibit.

In the end, the decision went to a Gelbvieh-Grey steer from the heavyweight class which judges David Greenup, Queensland, and Daryl Schipp, NSW, picked as their top animal.

This animal was then judged supreme steer of the show when it, and the unled grand champion, were judged together the next day.

Mr Schipp said the 443kg steer had everything.

"He has softness, great temperament and is a very easy doing animal," Mr Schipp said.

"His muscle expression and fat cover are excellent and you could pick any market for him and he would come up with the specifications to suit it.

"We were judging from the point of view of the producer production system today and this steer would suit that system very well.

"This animal represents where we should be heading with the cattle industry and showed all the traits we look for."

The grand champion steer had a P8 fat measurement of 8mm.

The reserve grand champion of the competition was also the champion lightweight steer and was also exhibited by Murdoch.

The Limousin-Murray Grey steer weighed 371kg with P8 fat measurement of 7mm, a rib fat of 7mm and a 83 EMA.

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Barbara
2/10/2008 9:53:31 PM

wow i'm so proud, his name is Optimus Prime (and i'm the one holding him). yay :D

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