Grand Champion Carcase for purebred Murray grey steer


A purebred Murray Grey steer has achieved a rare feat at the 2011 Ekka, taking out the Grand Champion Carcase title in a competition usually dominated by crossbred steers.

Exhibited by David King, Yallembie Murrays Greys, the steer came as a calf at foot on a cow purchased from the Monterey Murray Grey Stud. By Arki Copper Head and out of Monterey Joyce D204, the 412kg lightweight steer also claimed the Champion Mediumweight title.

With a dressed weight of 226kg, the carcase scored 96 points out of 100. It had a P8 fat of 11mm and rib fat of 7mm, EMA of 83 sqcm and dressed at 54.9%. The carcase scored a perfect 10 out of 10 with an estimated meat yield of 63.21%.

David King had further success in the carcase competition with a Limousin Murray Grey cross steer winning Reserve Champion Heavyweight carcase. The 498kg steer dressed at 308kg and 61.8%. The carcase had P8 and rump fats of 8mm and an EMA of 102sqcm.

Murray Greys continued their domination of the Junior Led Heifer competition with a 448kg purebred Murray Grey heifer exhibited by Heidi Nichols, awarded the Reserve Champion Junior Led Heifer.

She was Reserve to a heifer sourced as a youngster from Dalby saleyards that took out the Champion Junior Led Heifer title at the Ekka.

Macy, a 450kg Murray Grey/Limousin-cross heifer, exhibited by 15-year-old Shane Riehl on behalf of his parents, Bruce and Debbie Riehl, Fairview, Mt Tyson, claimed the top gong of Champion Junior Led Heifer.

Macy was bought as a youngster from Dalby saleyards in December 2010, before being broken-in by the Riehls and going on to start her show career.