Grey wash in Perth Hoof and Hook2011
Long time supporter of the Perth Royal trade sale and consistent top price buyer Rocco Iannolo, Rocco’s Meat Brokers, secured the sale’s $3600, top price calf.
Fittingly, the 405kg Murray Grey – Hereford Heifer, scanning 5mm P8 fat and exhibited by John Barber and Lone Chorley, was also awarded Supreme Trade Exhibit, Grand Champion Led Heifer and Champion Mediumweight Led Heifer. Mr Iannolo said the heifer was the perfect animal for the market with its weight, size and fat coverage. ‘It is what consumers and processors demand and it should fit right in the middle of the grid’, he said.
Woolworths WA livestock buyer paid the sales equal second top price of $3500 for a 447kg Limousin-Murray Grey cross steer with 6mm P8 fat and exhibited by the Murdoch University. This same steer was the Reserve Grand Champion Led Steer and Champion Mediumweight led steer.
Greg Jones of Princi Butchers paid $3400 for the Champion Lightweight Led Heifer, a 372kg
purebred Murray Grey Heifer with 4mm of P8 fat also exhibited by John Barber and Lone Chorley.
Murdoch University exhibited the Reserve Champion Lightweight Led Steer or Heifer again with a Limousin Murray Grey Heifer, weighing kg and had 4mm of P8 fat.
A 554kg Charolais – Murray Grey steer, also exhibited by John Barber and Lone Chorley fetched the top price for unled steers, at $2100 and purchased by Kim McDogall Harvey Beef. This same steer was previously awarded the Grand Champion Prime Steer or Heifer after taking out the Extra Heavy Weight Section.
The Reserve Grand Champion Prime Steer or heifer and Champion Lightweight Unled Heifer was a 396 kg purebred Murray Grey heifer exhibited by the Tullibardine Murray Grey Stud. The
heifer sold for $1700 and was also purchased by Greg Jones of Princi Butchers.
The Reserve Champion Lightweight Prime Steer or Heifer was a 380kg Blonde d’Aquitaine – Murray Grey Cross Heifer exhibited B & C Houlihan.
Another Blonde d’Aquitaine – Murray Grey Cross from the same stable won the Champion Mediumweight Prime Steer or Heifer. The Houlihan’s made a clean sweep of the Mediumweight section, exhibiting the Reserve Champion, a 437kg Belgian Blue- Murray Grey cross.
Champion Heavy Weight Prime Steer or Heifer went to a 500kg Santa Gertrudis – Murray Grey Steer exhibited by Power Rural.
The Reserve Champion Extra Heavy Weight Prime Steer or Heifer was a 538kg Murray Grey – Santa Gertrudis steer with 8mm P8 fat, exhibited by the Monterey Murray Grey Stud.
The Murray Grey winning streak did not finish there, as the steers and heifers went on to the carcase section.
A black purebred Murray Grey steer exhibited by the Monterey Murray Grey Stud won Champion Extra Heavyweight and Grand Champion Carcase. Topping off a successful 12 months for Monterey sired steers or heifers with a Monterey sired heifer winning the 2010 Perth Royal Grand Champion carcase and a Monterey sired steer winning Grand Champion Led Steer carcase at the EKKA in 2011.
Sired by Monterey Saratoga, the carcase scored 96.5 out of 100 points, with maximum points for EMA, fat scores, pH and fat colour and 4 out of 5 was given for marbling. With a live weight of 560kg, the steer dressed at 61.8% and had the 3rd highest EMA of the whole carcase competition at 113cmsq. Fats came in at 7mm for both P8 and rib.
The Reserve Grand Champion carcase ribbon went to John Barber and Lone Chorley with a purebred Murray Grey Heifer.
The heifer finished 1 point behind the Grand Champion and was also the Champion Mediumweight carcase of the show. The 375kg live weight heifer dressed at 64.29%, had an EMA of 95cmsq and 5mm of P8 and rib fat.
The Reserve Champion Lightweight carcase was a Blonde d’Aquitaine – Murray Grey cross heifer exhibited by the Houlihan Family. The same heifer was the Reserve Champion Lightweight on the hoof.