Limousin steer takes top honours

Last updated 07:12 02/07/2014
Stuart and Cheryl Clearwater with their winning limousin steer carcass.
BEST BEEF: Stuart and Cheryl Clearwater with their winning limousin steer carcass.

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The limousin breed once again took out the major awards in the 2014 Otago-Southland beef competition.

Lumsden farmers Stuart and Cheryl Clearwater's limousin steer was named the overall champion while reserve champion went to Waikaia farmer Evan Ferris' limousin steer.

The annual competition was held at the Alliance Group's Mataura plant last week with the animals being judged on the hoof and then the hooks.

Hoof judge Mark Cuttance, of PGG Wrightson, said the number of high quality entries in the competition made his job extremely difficult.

However, he found his champion in Ferris' superbly presented limousin steer which saw Ferris awarded the Doug Lindsay Trophy.

Cuttance said the steer exhibited tremendous bone quality and muscle.

The reserve champion live animal was presented by the Sayer family of Gore with their heifer showing fantastic conformation with meat in all the right places.

It was then the job of senior staff at the beef processing plant to judge carcass quality with points awarded for eye muscle area, fat cover, pH, muscle class and dentition.

The Clearwaters won Class 3 with their limousin steer and were presented with the Alan Dodds trophy while Ferris was reserve champion in the same section with his limousin steer.

Outram farmer Geoff Edgar won PGG Wrightson Most Valuable Animal prize with his limousin steer and Owaka farmers Barry and Liz Gray's murray grey-maine anjou cross animal won the Best Native Bred section.

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- The Southland Times

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