Farmer corrals wins in beef competition

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The quality of the animals impressed judges at the recent Otago Southland Beef Competition.
Co-judge Mervyn Wilson said it would be difficult to find a better line-up of carcasses anywhere.
The judging was carried out at the Alliance Group Mataura plant late last month.
Chairman Barry Gray said an outstanding pen of Limousin steers belonging to Evan Ferris, of Waikaia, won the eye section and first, second and third in class 3 of the on-the-hoof section.
Mr Ferris came away from the competition with the on-the-hoof reserve champion and champion awards and on-the-hook champion award.
‘‘Only one carcass has scored higher points in the last 11 years and that was from the late Doug Lindsay in 2009,’’ Mr Gray said.
Geoff Edgar, of Outram, won the on-the-hook reserve champion award but had to be content with second, third and fourth in on-the-hook class 3 section (over 320kg) and second in class 2 (271kg to 320kg), with his highest-yielding Limousin steers.
‘‘Some of his animals had the highest yield points,’’ Mr Gray said.
In class 1 (220kg to 270kg) of the on-the-hook section, the winning carcass on 249.5 points came from Rob and Jean Johnstone, of Outram.
‘‘[They] had, I believe, the highest-ever points in this junior export section, assisted by its relatively large ribeye area of 116cm2 ,’’ he said.
‘‘Over half the entries in class 1 had ribeye areas over 100cm2 .’’
Among last year’s 38 entries there were 13 lean grade and 25 prime, but no trimmers and none with maximum pH points. Among this year’s 37 entries there were two lean, 30 prime and five trimmers, 22 of which had maximum pH points.
‘‘In general, this year’s entries were better covered and more had larger ribeye areas.’’
The results indicated it was a better year to order steak at a restaurant, Mr Gray said.