Limousin Take Out Otago Southland Hoof & Hook Competition – Again!
The annual Otago Southland Beef Competition is one of the few remaining hoof and hook competitions in New Zealand. Limousin breeders have enjoyed regular success in this competition over the years and the 2014 competition held last week was no different.
The annual competition was held at the Alliance Group's Mataura plant with the animals being judged on the hoof and then the hooks. The number of high quality entries in the competition made the judge’s job extremely difficult.
In the hoof competition Waikawa farmer Evan Ferris’ superbly presented Limousin steer was awarded the Doug Lindsay Trophy. The judge commented that “this steer exhibited tremendous bone quality and structure”.
In 2013 a purebred Limousin steer was also awarded this trophy (Geoff Edgar of Outram, Otago).
In the hook competition, staff at the beef processing plant judged each animal’s carcass quality with points awarded for eye muscle area, fat cover, pH, muscle class and dentition.
Lumsden farmers Stuart and Cheryl Clearwater's Limousin steer was named the overall champion and were presented with the Alan Dodd Trophy. Evan Ferris’ Limousin steer was awarded reserve champion.
Outram farmer Geoff Edgar won the PGG Wrightson Most Valuable Animal prize also with a Limousin steer.
Recent winners of the Alan Dodd Trophy include Evan Ferris (2013) and Rob & Jean Johnstone (2012).
It is very encouraging to see commercial farmers using Limousin seedstock, participating in beef competitions and enjoying well deserved success. Congratulations must also go to the stud breeders who supplied the quality breeding bulls. Limousin continues to out-perform other breeds in such competitions and that is a point of difference we need to promote more vigorously to the wider farming community.
Commercial breeders’ Stuart and Cheryl Clearwater at the Mataura plant with their award winning Limousin steer