CHAMPIONS: Lyn and Brian Thompson and Barry McIntyre with the overall champion carcass.
CHAMPIONS: Lyn and Brian Thompson and Barry McIntyre with the overall champion carcass.

Young Gympie cattleman comes out on top

FOR 30 years the Sullivan Livestock Gympie Carcass Classic has provided graziers with a learning tool in meeting particular market specifications.

Run and organised by the Gympie and District Beef Liaison Group, the Carcass Classic has been the template for similar events in many parts of the country.

Winners this year in the Charlie Cotter All-rounder category were Doug and Hayden Pratt from Chatsworth with a limousin heifer.

YOUNG FARMER: A proud Hayden Pratt with judge Barry McIntyre, Nolan Meats, with the Charlie Cotter All-rounder winning carcass.

The All-rounder is calculated from a series of carcass attributes, increase in value over the term of the competition, dressing percentage and weight gain while remaining within the required dressed weight of 200-280kg.

This heifer gained a total of 122kg at a daily average of 1.419kg per day for a 77.82% increase in value dressing percentage was just over 60%.

Winners in the overall carcass category were Gundiah graziers Brian and Lyn Thompson with a hereford x droughtmaster steer. This animal had a total weight gain of 128kg at an average of 1.488kg per day.

It was the Thompsons first win in five times but they have always been in the top group.

Mr Thompson paid tribute to former dairy farmer and long time - and very astute - cattle judge Ray Zerner, who was able to pick the winning animal out of 129 entered on the first day.