Young gun Robert Smith scoops the champion beef award

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Robert Smith won his first grand champion carcase award.
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From a total 76 head of led steers and heifers, of various breeds and weight categories, the IGA Perth Royal Show grand champion beef carcase award was won by a relatively new entrant.

Robert Smith 18, of Porongurup Prime Beef, Narrikup, was full of praise in taking out the top carcase award, which was the result of his pure Sussex medium weight steer, entry 638, having the top score of 92.07 points.

“I was gobsmacked to win this prestigious award,” he said.

“My thanks to grandad (Alastair Lyon) who has been a dedicated Sussex cattle breeder and produced the Willyung sire of the four steers I brought to the Show.”

Mr Smith said the long list of processing figures supplied through the competition was very useful in determining steer selection and the feeding regime for future entries.

The steer had a 57.4 per cent dressing percentage, while its hot standard carcase carcase weight was 237.7kg with a P8 Fat of 8mm and a Meat Standard Australia index of 65.68.

Before being processed, the 414kg steer was flying under the radar during the on-the-hoof judging at the Show, not placing in its weight category.

That, however, did not stop Helen Goddard Borger, of Swansea Meats, from securing the steer during the on-the-hoof auction for a bargain $1300.

Little did she know it would produce the best carcase at the time.

The reserve grand champion carcase award was won by Murdoch University with its entry 667, a Limousin cross Angus steer out of the heavyweight class.

The 506 live weight steer dressed out at 57.5 per cent producing HSCW of 291kg, a P8 Fat of 10mm and a MSA index of 64.18 for had a total score of 88.73 points, just 3.34 points behind the Sussex.

Murdoch University was very successful this year with five broad ribbon carcase wins.

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