SCOTS All Saints College (SASC) in Bathurst has taken top honours in the purebred steer section of the Sydney Royal Show on April 1, and it has a Parkes Shire connection.
Winning heavyweight champion of the show before going all the way to the grand champion podium, the show-stopping steer weighed in at 620 kilograms with fat measurements of 10 millimetres and 9mm on the rump and rib.
Judge Kieran Te Velde of Bob Jamieson Stock and Station Agents, Inverell, couldn't go past the Limousin steer bred by Wilworril Limousins, Peak Hill, for its completeness from nose to toes.
He commented the top steer had tremendous carcase quality, was square throughout, full over the rump and had ample of spring of rib and confirmation.
At auction he sold for 1000c/kg at auction to Craig Cooks Prime Quality Meats.
Coming from the final class of the day, a class in which Mr Te Velde commented that the top four or five could go either way, the grand champion steer from SASC took his eye as soon as he entered the ring.
"The butt shape and thickness of this calf, combined with that even fat cover and distribution makes him a standout," he said.
"He is a top calf."
Bred by Wilworril Limousins he was sired by Wilworril Guardian G55 and out of a commercial Limousin cow.
SASC director of agricultural studies Libby Dawes said the school went into the show believing the grand champion steer would have been one of the school's top two that they hoped would lead them to success.
"He is a thick, soft even calf with a fantastic temperament which aids with eating quality," Mrs Dawes said.
"He has a massive top and EMA (eye muscle area) but is not extreme so should have the fat distribution."
Limousin Stan Hill team selectors chose him as one of the three Limousin steers to represent the breed.
Exhibiting 25 purebred steers at this year's Sydney Royal Show, Scots All Saints College's reign started earlier in the day when they claimed both the champion and reserve champion lightweight sashes.
The champion was a 388 kilogram black Limousin steer bred by Wilworril Limousins that measured 10 millimetres and 7mm. He was sired by Wilworril 303.
At just nine months the steer was fed for a shorter period for 90 days, with Mrs Dawes of SASC commending Phil Kirk of Wilworril Limousins for producing cattle that are so well muscled at a young age but still have the ability to cover and display softness.
The lightweight champion sold for 2010c/kg to Mr D's Traditional Meats, Bossley Park.
An Angus steer exhibited by SASC and bred by the Mawhood family of Sunny Point Pastoral Company, Oberon, received reserve champion.
Tipping the scales at 377kg with 12mm and 8mm rump and rib fats, he was by Bongongo Reality K522 and out of a commercial Angus cow.
He made 127c/kg at auction, and was picked up by Mr D's Traditional Meats, Bossley Park.
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