ENTRIES are up again in the Ekka’s carcase competitions. In addition to hugely popular the Paddock to Palate competition, which is announced during a celebration breakfast at the Ekka’s Royal International Convention Centre on the Friday morning, the Coles, Woolworths, JBS and led steers are in the spotlight early on Saturday, August 12.
This year the Coles Supermarket HGP-free competition attracted 23 entries. The pasture or grainfed steers weighing 220-285kg HSCW with no more than two teeth will be judged according to Coles specifications at ACC, Cannon Hill.
There are 34 entries in the Woolworths value based MSA competition. The three grainfed steers or heifers weighing 215-320kg HSCW from an accredited feedlot will have no more than two teeth. The cattle will be processed at Churchill Abattoir, Ipswich.
The JBS-John Sullivan Memorial pasture fed competition is for 300-420kg HSCW carcases from cattle for the Japanese trade with no more than four permanent teeth. Those cattle will be processed at Dinmore.
All of the entries in the three carcase competitions will be processed at the respective works on August 7 and judged on August 8.
The schools led steer competition will involve 105 carcases in two heifer and three steer classes. There will be 270 carcases in the open led steers competition. The cattle will be processed at Nolan Meats, Gympie, on the Thursday.