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Greenham’s Trade and Export (Carcase) Cattle Competition to go ahead! November 2021

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Circular Head Agricultural Society Inc., Media Release, 3 November 2021

Sadly the Circular Head Show has been cancelled for 2021 for the second consecutive year.

However, the prestigious Greenham’s Trade and Export (Carcase) Cattle competition is going ahead.

Winners and Sponsors, 2019-2020. Photo: Circular Head Agricultural Society Inc.

The competition has been held annually since 1983 and in recent years producers have been entering the National Beef Expo which is held every three years at Rockhampton with much success.

Competition details

Entries will need to be sent direct to Greenham Tasmania, Smithton, ready for processing during the week between Monday 22nd and Thursday 25th November 2021.

Entries will be graded and judged, and prizes awarded at a function at Agritas, Smithton, at 6.00 pm on Tuesday 30th November 2021.

The evening will include a barbeque and refreshments compliments of Greenham Tasmania along with a presentation of the prizes and judges’ comments.

Photo: Circular Head Agricultural Society Inc.

All are welcome.

The competition is run in the Beef Australia format, with entries received in pens of three cattle in two weight classes. Entries will need to meet each class specifications.

Each entry group of three cattle will need to be clearly identified with either paint marks or ear tags so as to ensure correct groups are judged. Your Greenham Tasmania buyer can assist with preparing entries.

Bonus carcase points may be awarded for the consistency of weight, fat distribution, lean meat yield and eating quality score of the three cattle in each entry.

Competition entries will be judged under MSA criteria, which measures saleable meat yield, market specifications, and importantly, eating quality. Care will be taken to ensure MSA compliance.

Junior section

Greenham Tasmania and the CH Agricultural Society are offering prizes to be awarded to entrants under 18 years of age with the best performing group of cattle in the yearling class. See details in the Yearling Class description.

Further information: John Bruce 0428 140811 or Milton de Jonge 0418 581184.

All entries are required by law to have National Livestock Identification Scheme (NLIS) tags, and be accompanied by a National Vendor Declaration (NVD) form and MSA Declaration form, and a completed Greenham Tasmania ‘Never Ever’ declaration form, if applicable.

Milton and Gaylene de Jonge with Trophies and Ribbons from 2019 Show. Photo: Circular Head Agricultural Society Inc.

Cattle with horns exceeding 5 cm will not be accepted. A limit of one pen per class per exhibitor may be enforced at the discretion of the stewards.

Note: Grass fed is when cattle are reared on pasture, fodder crops, hay and silage as per normally accepted farming practices. Grain supplementing is not accepted.

Competition classes

1. Yearling Steer or Heifer Group of Three – Local Trade (Grass Fed*)

This class requires Steers or Heifers suitable for the domestic market that have a maximum of 2 permanent incisor teeth and have a carcase weight in the range of 220 to 359.9 kg with a fat cover of 5 – 22 mm (8 – 12 mm ideal). Approximate live weight range from 420 to 690 kg, using a 52% dressing percentage.

2. Prime Beef Steer Group of Three – Japanese Export (Grass Fed*)

This class requires steers suitable for the Japanese chilled beef market with a maximum of 4 teeth and hot standard carcase weight in the range 360 to 439.9 kg with a fat depth at the P8 site of 5 – 22 mm (10 – 15 mm ideal). Approximate live weight range from 670 to 810 kg, using
a 54% dressing percentage aiming to achieve a minimum marble score of 2.

Champion Yearling Steer or Heifer Group
Local Trade (Carcase)
“Rex Frankcombe Memorial Trophy”
Sponsored by the Red Angus Society of Australia, Tasmanian Members and the Frankcombe Family

Champion Prime Beef Steer Group
Japanese Export (Carcase)
“Greenham Tasmania Pty Ltd Trophy”

Highest Scoring Steer or Heifer
Sponsored by Perry’s Quality Meats

“Greenham Tasmania Junior Development Prize”
Awarded to Highest Scoring pen of three entered by a person under 18 years


Senior Steward
Robin Medwin – p 03 6458 3123; m 0419 583123

Committee Members
Milton de Jonge – m 0418 581184 e
John Bruce – m 0428 140811) e
Darryl Pearce – m 0413 286998 e

Greenham Chiller Assessment staff and MSA Assessor Janine Lau.

Show classes
All classes: 1st prize $100, 2nd prize $50, 3rd prize $20

Entry fee
$10.00 per animal.

Entries close
Friday 19 November 2021.

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