August 5, 2020
Jen-Daview Limousins, from Kingaroy, has taken home the prestigious Grand Champion Led Steer Carcase award at the 2020 Royal Queensland Show.
South Burnett entries starred in the modified Ekka competition, securing six Champion or Reserve Champion ribbons.
The Evans family’s winning Limousin took out the Heavy Weight category after winning his class.
Earlier this year, the steer took out the Led Steer competitions at the Proston, Bell and Murgon shows.
The Evans family has been entering the Ekka Led Steer competition since 2009 but this is the first time they have secured the Grand Champion title.
Their 11-month-old steer weighed 480kg and produced a 300.6kg carcase with 62.2 per cent meat yield and maximum marbling.
In May, RNA officials announced the Led Steer competition would still be run despite the official cancellation of the Ekka, but in a different format due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Entries would be judged only on the hook, not on hoof.
Jenny Evans told southburnett.com.au she was so happy the competitions had still gone ahead, even in a modified form.
“It has given us something to look forward to, to work for,” she said.
Judging was carried out by Aus-Meat chiller assessors on Wednesday following transportation of the cattle to Nolan Meats at Gympie earlier this week.
The Reserve Champion and Champion carcasses will be auctioned live online on Friday morning.
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South Burnett entries to achieve success in the carcase competition were:
- Grand Champion and Champion Heavy Weight – Jen-Daview Limousins, Kingaroy (Limousin)
- Reserve Champion Light Weight – MK Cattle, Murgon (Limousin)
- Champion Medium Weight – Sean Wicks, Kingaroy (Limousin/Murray Grey cross)
- Reserve Champion Medium Weight – MK Cattle, Murgon (Limousin)
- Junior Champion Heifer – Claire Goodie, Murgon (Limousin cross)
Limousins and Limousin-crosses did very well across all classes.
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The Evans family have their fingers crossed for more success this week.
Son Corey is competing in the ALPA Queensland Young Auctioneers Competition on Thursday, representing Kingaroy-based Aussie Land and Livestock.
He is one of 10 finalists who will be taking part in the competition at Silverdale Saleyards at Silverdale.
Other finalists are:
- Morgan Harris – TopX, Gracemere
- Brodie Hurley – Nutrien Ag Solutions, Injune
- Brady Jackson – Elders, Roma
- Simon Kinbacher – Elders, Rockhampton
- Jake Robinson – Nutrien Ag Solutions, Roma
- Justin Rohde – Nutrien Ag Solutions, Rockhampton
- Cody Trost – Grant Daniel & Long, Blackall
- Connor Veraart – Bartholomew & Co Auctioneers, Boonah
- Wyatt Wrigley – Eastern Rural, Dalby
The competition will be livestreamed from 1:00pm.
Silverdale Saleyards is also hosting the 2020 Ekka Prime Beef competition on Thursday.