Daryl Chessum and wife Hannah claim this year's National Steer Competition.July 2, 2014 3:20am
Local farmer Daryl Chessam on his cattle farm in Tongala after taking out the 2014 Ancare/CRT National Steer Competition.
Tongala farmers Daryl and Helen Chessum have shown that the best quality cattle are still bred locally after taking out this year’s ANCARE National Steer Competition.
Mr and Mrs Chessum, owners of Chantlam Murray Grey Stud, were given the award at a ceremony in Orange on Friday last week.
Mr Chessum said he was extremely pleased with the result after a tough couple of years.
‘‘I have entered about five or six times in the past, so it was pretty rewarding to finally get a win,’’ he said.
‘‘Especially considering we nearly got wiped out during the drought because we dropped from nearly 150 cows down to only 35. To come back and to actually find cattle to enter, because this all happened only four or five years ago, it really tells you that you are on the right track.’’
The competition, which this year had 28 teams compete, requires entrants to submit four cattle that are fed grass for three months and grain for three months.
Cattle are then judged on weight gained on grass, weight gained on grain and weight gain overall.
‘‘After the six months they do a meat yield so they see how much weight they have gained or lost and one of the steers is cut up so they can look at the weight and quality of the meat,’’ Mr Chessum said.
Steers cut up are judged on their weight, dressing percentage, quality, eating quality and saleable meat yield.
‘‘Our cattle had the best average over the entire lot and that includes the best quality carcase.
‘‘It was really great to see our cattle come out on top.’’
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