Shorthorn cattle and their derivatives have delivered an outstanding weightgain result in the early stages of the RNA 100-day grainfed beef performance class, being fed at Mort & Co’s Grassdale feedlot near Dalby.
Topping results at the 50-day mid-term weigh-in was a pen of Shorthorn x Angus steers from Lee and Megan McNicholl, Arklow, Dulacca, recording an average daily gain so far of 3.08kg/day, and dry matter feed conversion ratio of 3.02:1.
That’s not far off pig conversion performance.
The best of the McNicholl steers is currently gaining at 3.88kg/day.
The biggest concern, of course, is that the prodigious weightgain being experienced could see some of the heavier carcases penalised for being outside the competition’s 300-420kg weight limits.
Running second was a pen of Shorthorns from the Morgan family, Arubial, Condamine (2.76kg/day) and third was Shorthorns from Scott Atwool, Woolcott (2.74kg/day).
Overall, the mob of 168 steers being fed for Brisbane Show’s performance class (24 teams of seven, representing a wide spectrum of breed types, from across Queensland and NSW) has averaged 2.32kg daily gain and net feed conversion rates on a dry matter basis of 4.12:1.
This year’s Royal Brisbane Show starts on Thursday, August 9.
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