Murray Grey cattle perform very well at Tasmanian event.December 22, 2020
With the cancellation of most Agricultural shows in Tasmania this year, Sheffield School bucked the trend and held a modified version of their regular Hoof and Hook Competition that normally takes place as part of the Cattle Handlers Show of Tasmania at the School Farm in November. This year’s competition was modified to adhere to covid restrictions and to make it as easy as possible for beef cattle enthusiasts to participate, in fact entrants didn’t have to leave their farm! The cattle were judged ‘on farm’ and then processed 14 days later at JBS Longford where each carcase was assessed using the MSA grading system. There were 44 entries in the competition, this is quite a significant increase on the 27 entries from 2019.
Murray Grey cattle performed extremely well in both sections with the overall grand champion carcase awarded to a Murray Grey Steer. The Murray Grey Team of three also placed first overall rounding off a very successful event for the Murray Grey breed.
On the ‘Hoof’
Trade cattle section – 400-480kg
1st place went to a Murray Grey steer entered by the Skirving family (Woodbourn genetics)
On the ‘Hook’
Trade cattle section – 200-260kg
1st place went to a Murray Grey heifer bred by the Sheffield School Farm (Woodbourn genetics)
2nd, 3rd and 4th places also went to Murray Greys
Rump and Loin section – 261-300kg
1st place went to a Murray Grey steer entered by Shaune Jones bred by Clive Bott (Woodbourn genetics)
This steer went on the be the Grand Champion Carcase
Jamie Skirving of the Sheffield School