Murray Greys and Limousin steers succeedJuly 10, 2014
By Mark Griggs
Courtesy The Land
Three Murray Grey/Limousin steers from Daryl and Helen Chessum of Chantlan Murray Grey stud, Tongala, Victoria topped the carcase section at the 2014 Ancare/CRT National Steer Competition.
Mr Chessum said he was “chuffed” by the award as it had taken some years to rebuild the stud herd after the devastating drought of the 2000s.
“We were down to our last few dozen of our core breeders by the end of that drought,” he said.
“It was touch and go, but Helen and I are just so delighted that our efforts of rebuilding have come to such a fitting fruition.”
The Jenkins families’ Violet Hills Charolais, Rydal, featured well winning the highest carcase points, best pen of live steers, and the most calculated yield of saleable meat awards.
Exhibitors gathered at Duntryleague Golf Club, Orange, on Friday evening, for the presentation dinner attracting more than 40 guests.
In this 17th year, the competition originated in 1994 with a few gaps during the drought.
This year 28 teams of four steers representing many beef breeds and their crosses from throughout the State and Victoria participated in the trial which began in November 2013.