A pen of steers entered by Truro Whiteface in the 2023 RAS Sydney Royal Beef Challenge have placed third for feedlot weight gain in the 100-day export class.
Held annually at the Wilga Feedlot, Bellata, the Sydney Royal Beef Challenge is a commercially focused competition with animals assessed at all stages of the finishing process including live assessment, carcase judging, profitability and eating quality.
Exhibitors enter animals in pens or teams of six in either the 70-day domestic class or the 100-day export class (both HGP free classes) with awards also presented for top performing individual animals.
Truro entered five pens of Hereford and Hereford/Santa cross steers in the 2023 competition with the three pens entered in the export class all averaging over 2kg per day.
The third placed pen averaged 2.25kg per day while one steer placed second in the individual weight gain category at 2.66kg per day.
Truro co-principal Scott Hann was thrilled with the result as it demonstrates the profitability of Hereford cattle in a feedlot situation.
“The biggest profit driver for a feedlot is how much weight the cattle gain over the shortest time,” Mr Hann said.
Truro have entered pens of cattle in the RAS Beef Challenge every year that the competition has been running since 2011 and have previously won the weight gain section with their Hereford steers.
Final carcase results and awards will be announced at the annual presentation dinner to be held in Tamworth on the 25th August.