Murdoch University took out the top award at the Perth Royal Show’s beef cattle carcase competition, winning the prestigious grand champion sash after their on-the-hoof reserve champion mediumweight Limousin cross Murray Grey steer graded a perfect score on the hook. Australian Meat Processor Corporation co-innovation manager Lauren Smith, who graded the 90 carcase exhibits that were earlier judged on-the-hoof at the Perth Royal Show on September 24 said the grand champion carcase scored a perfect 100 out of 100 points. Summit Livestock principal Hayden Green, of Uranquinty, NSW, who judged the cattle before they were put up for sale and processed, said the top end of the exhibits would be as competitive as anywhere else in Australia. Mr Green said the steer he picked for the on-the-hoof grand champion award displayed great extension. This 520kg Square Meater steer was exhibited by University of Adelaide animal science student Ella Clarke, who with the assistance of Jarvis Polglaze, finished the animal for the Show’s led steer and heifer competition. Unfortunately, Ms Clarke’s steer didn’t grade on top when judged on the hook, and it was the Murdoch University steer that took out the top award and a perfect score. The top awarded Murdoch University 405kg liveweight steer had a hot carcase weight of 251.4kg and dressing per cent of 62.1 and a hot P8 fat score of 10, an eye muscle area of 98, rib fat of 7, a pH of 5.3 plus an OSS of 100 and a Meat Standards Australia marbling score of 400. Murdoch University also was awarded the reserve grand champion carcase sash with the school’s 384kg Limousin cross Angus steer. It scored 91.21 points behind the top-placed carcase with a much lower marbling score (300) and eye muscle area (82). Murdoch University farm manager Crystal Henderson said her team of students prepared 13 steers and heifers for the Show this year. “We were very happy to take out the grand champion carcase, repeating our win from last year,” she said. WA College of Agriculture — Denmark students were awarded the champion extra heavyweight carcase award for their Limousin steer entry and they also took out the champion heavyweight carcase with a Limousin cross Angus steer.