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Covering The Banana Shire
Central West Queensland

Sport & Racing

30 March, 2021

Grab it by the horns

LAST MONTH locals from Moura were given a chance to get out of the house for the carcass competition.

By Michael R Williams

The live assessment takes place before the cows are taken to Teys and it is a chance for locals to take a guess at the weights. PHOTOS: Michael R Williams

LAST MONTH locals from Moura were given a chance to get out of the house for the carcass competition.  

The competition happens once a year, and those in attendance were greeted with a barrage of kiosks manned by the sponsors of the show. 

The winners of the competition will be decided in July where $25,000 worth in prize will be handed out. 

There were the region’s best hamburgers handled by Natalie Goodland and Donna Wales, the Secretary and Treasurer of the competition respectively. 

The canteen’s raised over $800 and the proceeds will go to RACQ Helicopters this year’s chosen charity.  
This year’s platinum and gold sponsors were thanked early in the day and representatives from PGG Wrightson Seeds gave a presentation about the future of agriculture.  

The day was split into two main events: a cattle dog display hosted by dog handler Tim Flynn and the carcass live assessment.  
The Grand Champion goes to the owner of the largest carcass, but attendees can win from several different categories.  

Denise Hartwig won the prize for Champion Grain Fed Steer in 2020; her carcass garnered a whopping 147.21 points.  

She said she used her prize money to purchase additional feed for her cattle.  

“It was very dry [last year]." 

She told the Leader it would be “potluck” whether she would win again this year.  

“Everybody goes in with the idea that you will do okay, but you don’t know," she said.  

After the dog show, locals commenced the carcass live assessment. 

Students were told to analyse a group of five cows in a pen on the northern side of the salesyard.  

“There’s five head so you gotta look at them on the hoof, you gotta do the liveweight, the carcass weight, the rump fat, and the eye muscle area,” Competition PR Officer Michael Bradshaw said.  

“It’s a 100 points per beast and you get a score sheet back, and it’ll show you what the actual measurements and weight were against yours.”  

Former Treasure Girlie Goody had been a part of the Competition since 1988 and follows in her father’s footsteps. 

“My father was a cattle carcass junky,” she said.  

After 32 years, she is still putting cattle into the competition.  

She said she was proud of the competition for having put over $290, 000 back into show societies in the region. 

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