Weights hint at Gate 2 Plate feedlot frontrunners

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Speculation is rife for the 2019 Harvey Beef Gate 2 Plate Challenge feedlot competition as weights taken on March 12, just 56 days after induction, gave only a slight hint of which cattle teams are frontrunners.

Challenge feedlot manager Sandy Lyon said the 57 teams, consisting of two steers and one heifer, all up, averaged live-weights of 434kg, with all the steers averaging 444kg while the heifers averaged 413kg.

“The steers have averaged 117kg in weight gains (2.09kg/day) while the heifers averaged 83kg (1.51kg/day) and we expect the heifers to catch up in the final days on-feed,” he said.

“The competition, established in 2015, aims to assess cattle performance through the whole domestic supply chain in WA — from grain-fed to the Meat Standards Australia grading system.”

Mr Lyon said points are spread over three categories including feedlot performance (max 50 points/animal), processing (max 50 points), and MSA grading (25 points).

This year, there was a dominance in pure crossbred teams with Angus content (17) and pure Angus teams (17), while pure Murray Grey teams or crossbreds with Murray Grey content included 13 teams.

Field day visitors were handed a 55-day on-feed data summary, which identified some front runners as far as weight gain was concerned.

Two teams recorded a total weight gain of 130kg (2.32kg/day), including a Mason Valley entry of Chargrey cross Angus, while on equal gain was the Shark Lake Piggery entry with its pure Angus team.

Lake Muir Prime Beef’s entry of its Murray Grey cross Charolais team made the top three with a weight gain of 126kg (2.25kg/day).

All heifers will be sent to processing at Harvey Beef on April 1, while the steers will be transported the morning of April 9, with final results to be announced at a later date.

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