A Charbray-cross steer, from ‘Arakoon’, has taken out a top Ekka award (Photo: Duncombe family)

August 4, 2021

A better season, which allowed their steers to run on oats, has led to a Runnymede family taking out a prestigious champion carcase award at the Ekka.

Bernie and Christelle Duncombe have a 7500 acre property, ‘Arakoon’, on Manumbar Road as well as a property at Johnstown where they mainly run their breeders.

The JBS Australia Grass-Fed Japan Ox Chilled Beef carcass competition is one of the few Ekka competitions that could still go ahead, despite the Brisbane lockdown.

The Duncombes delivered two pens of six Charbray-cross steers to JBS Australia’s Dinmore abattoir on Sunday.

The competition results were confirmed on Wednesday.

The Duncombes, who have been running cattle at Runnymede for about 20 years, earned a second in the Pen Of Six competition.

But one of their steers was judged top carcase.

Bernie told southburnett.com.au he was surprised by how fast the results had come through.

He said the family only enters competitions if the conditions were right.

They also entered cattle in the recent Gympie Carcass Classic, where they had the High Point Limousin; came fourth in the Most Suitable Carcass for the Domestic Market class; and were fifth in the Best Aggregate of Three Carcasses, behind entries from Chris and Hayley Heness, from Goomeri; and the Franz family, from Manumbar.

Bernie and Christelle Duncombe’s cattle had the opportunity of grazing on a great crop of oats (Photo: Duncombe family)

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